Puppy Bowl 2018 Live Stream: Where To Watch Online, On TV During Super Bowl LII

On Sunday, football might be the main reason most people turn their television on. But there's more happening than a clash between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots. So forget Nick Foles and Tom Brady—the Puppy Bowl is almost here! 

The annual canine contest, featuring cute and fluffy animals participating in a mock version of a football game, airs on Animal Planet at 3:00 p.m. ET. There’s even a “Kitty Play” halftime show.

To live stream the event, visit Animal Planet's website and make sure to have your cable provider information ready so you don’t miss a minute of the game. Anyone who doesn't have cable—and can't bum a password—can try tuning in with a free seven-day trial from DirectTV Now. 

Puppy Bowl The Puppy Bowl will take place on Sunday, February 4, 2018. Live stream options are available. Getty Images

For the last 14 years, the Puppy Bowl has been a pre-Super Bowl favorite for animal lovers. Last year, it was the biggest non-sports TV event on Super Bowl Sunday, drawing in 2.5 million (human) viewers last year. For reference, the Super Bowl had more than 111 million spectators.

Though it’s been around for more than a decade, the Puppy Bowl started out as a joke. “How do you counter the Super Bowl? Let’s just put a box of puppies up there and call it a day,” Margo Kent, executive producer for Puppy Bowl I told Rolling Stone in 2014.

And yeah, that's about right. If you're new to the Puppy Bowl, here's how it works: Two teams of puppies, Team Ruff and Team Fluff, will play on a mini 19x10 football field. The game is officiated by returning “rufferee” Dan Schachner, and there is a broadcast crew and sideline “repawter.”

Puppy Bowl The Puppy Bowl has been around for more than 14 years. Getty Images

The dogs featured on the show were rescued from areas that were devastated by 2017’s natural disasters—and they're adoptable.

“We have Mango from Mexico; we have Tyler rescued from the flood waters of Hurricane Harvey; we have several puppies from the Miami area,” Schachner told Fox News on Friday. Other dogs, like Coconut, hail from Puerto Rico.

Ninety dogs from 48 different shelters will appear on the show—and they will all find homes.

“We have a 100 percent adoption rate,” Schachner said. “So every year, however many puppies you see participating in Puppy Bow, they all do get adopted almost right away as soon as the show airs.”

If the pooch you fell in love with found another home, don't worry. Schachner noted there are similar dogs on Animal Planet’s website for anyone who wants to adopt, but missed their opportunity.

The 20 kittens from the halftime show are up for adoption, too. In honor of Justin Timberlake’s halftime performance for the Super Bowl, the kittens will apparently do their rendition of 'N SYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye,” remixed as “Meow, Meow, Meow.”

In other words, who needs the Patriots and Eagles when you have Team Fluff vs. Team Ruff and a whol bunch of kittens?

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