Anti-American anthem protests have consumed NFL games.

Players disrespect the flag by sitting or kneeling during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner.

But what happened at one game was so shocking that no one saw it coming.

During the Thursday night contest between the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, not one player protested during the anthem.

Both teams stood and honored America.

Breitbart reports:

“The NFL had some big moments on Thursday night, Cam Newton issued an apology in response to one of the worst, most manufactured controversies in the history of the NFL. Moreover, another thing happened, there were no protests during the anthem.

Now, the game between the Patriots and Buccaneers was still a slop-fest with dropped passes, overthrown balls, badly missed field goals, and penalties all over the place. So the NFL still has the problem of not being good at playing football. However, on the flip-side, they showed up and played football. Without any of the drama, theatrics, or the narcissistic fashion show the league has become.

Granted, the two teams that played on Thursday night, the Bucs and the Patriots, have never had a ton of protesters on either side. Especially the Patriots, who didn’t have any protesters until two weeks ago when the defending champs decided to protest President Trump. Had Thursday night featured the Seahawks and the Raiders, two teams with a lot of protesters, the anthem would have looked much different.

Yet it was probably the closest thing to a normal primetime game, that the league has seen in a very long time. While the Michael Bennett’s of the world will likely continue their protests until the bitter end. Watching, the NFL Thursday night, as well as the tremendous drop off in protests from last week. One gets the impression that the vast majority of the NFL might just be ready to respect the flag, and play some football.”

It’s a sad commentary for the National Football League in 2017 when players actually standing for the national anthem is seen as newsworthy.

But that is where we are thanks to Colin Kaepernick and his band of anti-American copy cats.

It was a rare display of patriotic unity at a NFL game.

But protests still continued at other NFL games.

The most notable anti-American demonstration was staged by the San Francisco 49ers.

With Vice President Mike Pence in attendance, members of the 49ers knelt for the national anthem.

Vice President Pence immediately left the game.

He tweeted out that he could not dignify an event where participants would disrespect America’s military and flag.

Are you with Vice President Pence and the other players who are fighting back against the rampant anti-Americanism consuming the NFL?

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