After the national anthem was played, the Falcons and the New Orleans Saints held hands in a circle in a powerful display of unity before the nationally televised game.
Saints coach Sean Payton reached out to Falcons coach Dan Quinn with the idea, according to ESPN.
It was deemed a great way by the rivals to join the national protest against racial injustice and police brutality in America while still respecting the anthem.
Both teams held a reflective period for about one minute.
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