The NFL is back, but normalcy remains at a distance.
A typically lively venue was nearly silent before the game, with empty seats surrounding the few who showed up early.
Texans head coach Bill O’Brien wore a mask on the sideline, while Chiefs counterpart Andy Reid went with a full face shield:
Those in attendance did their best to maintain the famous Arrowhead atmosphere, providing as much of a boost as possible to the Super Bowl LIV champions:
Here’s what a touchdown for the visitors sounded like:
And here’s the eruption that took place when the home side got on the board:
Much like other sports leagues, the Chiefs resorted to using cardboard cutouts to fill the stands, including images of The Rock and Queen Elizabeth II, which drew a response from the movie star.