Bears, Packers Lock Arms on Each Sideline During Anthem

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears players, coaches and other staffers locked arms on the sidelines during the national anthem Thursday night.

Many fans at Lambeau Field cheered and chanted “USA! USA!” while a large American flag was unfurled at midfield before the anthem.

Packers players released a statement this week saying they would intertwine arms before the game as a show of unity. They asked fans to join in the stands and at home, though it didn’t appear that many fans locked arms. Many people in the crowd held up small flags during and after the anthem.

Play was delayed at the end of the first quarter with the Packers leading 14-0. Players left the field and the stadium announcer asked fans to move indoors into the concourses.

Lightning flashed in the distance and heavy rain started soon after the announcement.

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