Watch NBA, NFL online archives for free


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With sports all but ground to a halt, both the NBA and NFL have made online archived games temporarily available to watch for free.

By Garrett Kessler, Sports Editor

With widespread season postponements and stadiums closing their doors, this past week the NBA and NFL put some smiles on the faces of many hopeless fans with free trial subscriptions to NBA League Pass and NFL Game Pass.

Until April 22, the NBA is giving fans recordings of every single game from the past two seasons, including the playoffs. Even better, the NFL is allowing fans until May 31 to watch games from the past decade so they can see all of the defining moments of the last 10 years.

Here are some of the Wire’s top picks for what games to watch with these free subscriptions:

1. NBA: Kawhi seals the deal at Eastern Conference Finals Game 7

After the series was tied 3-3, the very anticipated game seven was one that would solidify Kawhi Leonard’s name in history. This game was extremely close the entire time as the lead for each team never hit double digits. With seconds left in the fourth quarter and the game tied 90-90, the Raptors inbounded the ball to Leonard. Leonard dribbled around the horn and picked up two defenders, and with a second left, he threw up a prayer that hit the front of the rim, popped way up and then dropped in. Leonard proceeded to scream as loud as he could as his teammates gathered around him in celebration.

2. NBA: LeBron passes the torch to Zion

On March 1, 2020, the Lakers and Pelicans faced off in a regular season game where LeBron “The King” James had a showdown with rookie Zion Williamson. Williamson has already been predicted to become the MVP for years to come and he proved it dropping 35 points to James’s 34. However, the Lakers came out with the win and it is safe to say that James still keeps his “King” status.

3. NFL: “The Miracle at the New Meadowlands”

In Week 15 of the 2010 NFL season, the New York Giants faced off against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Giants proved to be the more dominant team in the rivalry after taking a 24-3 lead at halftime. However, the tables turned and the Eagles came back from a 31-10 lead with eight minutes left to the game being tied for the final drive. The Giants went nowhere with their possession and were forced to punt. DeSean Jackson was on the receiving end, and he first bobbled the catch. Scrambling, Jackson picked up the ball and burst through a hole in the Giants defense all the way to the endzone. The Eagles took the victory, 38-31.

4. NFL: Tom Brady and the Patriots storm back

Super Bowl LI was Brady’s seventh Super Bowl appearance, which shows he definitely has the experience. However, it did not seem like this was true in the first half as the Atlanta Falcons went up 21-3 on Brady and the Patriots at the half. The second half was a different story. The Patriots scored three touchdowns and a field goal, and held the Falcons to one touchdown. The score was tied 28-28 at the end of regulation. The Patriots won the coin toss in OT and scored at ease to end the game 34-28. Brady claimed his fifth Super Bowl victory and fourth Super Bowl MVP.