With protests raging, NBC will televise national anthem before Patriots-Chiefs opener


The eyes of the sports TV world Thursday will be on NBC as the network televises the 2017 NFL regular-season opener between the Patriots and Chiefs. With the controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest still raging, the network will televise the playing of the national anthem at Gillette Stadium.

NFL broadcast partners typically do not show the playing of the national anthem except before the Super Bowl, opening night or other special games; they are usually in commercial due to time constraints.

But the question of which players will be standing and which will be kneeling before this season’s opener — and the rest of the regular season — is taking on added importance.

Elliott had to work for his yards after the crowd cheered loudly when he was introduced and kept up the “Zeke” calls while he made his trademark feed-me gesture after first downs. His biggest play was a 30-yard catch-and-run, easily the most open field he saw against one of the league’s best run defenses a year ago.

“I think every person (who is) a part of the Cowboys was lifted by that decision,” owner Jerry Jones said of Friday’s court ruling. “Although he was playing in this game no matter what, the idea that we could have him for an extended period of time was certainly inspirational.”

The Giants had a nearly 10-minute drive to start the second half but settled for Aldrick Rosas’ 25-yard field goal after a second-down sack of Manning, Dallas’ third of the game and the first of Charles Tapper’s career. DeMarcus Lawrence had two sacks for Dallas.

Anthony Brown all but sealed the win for the Cowboys when he was the Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale first to Cheap Jerseys Borntrade get his hands on a throw from Manning and won a tug-of-war with Roger Lewis Jr. for the interception midway through the fourth quarter.

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