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Victory Monday! Never doubted it for a second (that's a lie). It was a big win. Also, Marcus Peter's raised fist went global, with stories in four languages poorly translated here. Would have been 5 languages, but the translation from Norwegian was too bad to include. As it is, the gesture has been reported on at least 3 continents. Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news.

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Game Recap: Chiefs Pull Off Biggest Comeback in Franchise History, Defeat Chargers, 33-27 from Chiefs.com

Starting at the Kansas City 30-yard line, quarterback Alex Smith handed the ball off to Ware, who brought it to the 50 with a 20-yard run. Ware followed the play with a 13-yard run into Chargers territory. A couple plays later, Smith hit tight end Travis Kelce for a 15-yard gain, bringing the Chiefs to the San Diego 8-yard line.

Facing third-and-2 from the San Diego 2, Smith took it up the middle himself for the walk-off touchdown and victory.

Though the Chiefs were able to get the win, the first half was an entirely different story.

What We Learned From Sunday's Media Availability from Chiefs.com

Can you talk about how Alex Smith was able to run the offense in the third quarter? "So, you're down by a couple scores there, and you have to get in a -€” not a two minute -€” but in a hurry there -€” a hurry up look. So, we did that, and I thought he did well. He's got a lot of confidence in it and a lot of confidence in his guys. Guys made plays around him, so good all the way around."

On Smith getting more say in offense nearing end of the game? "Well, he has final say on everything out there. He's got the ball in his hand, but we're calling it -€” I'm calling it from the sideline. Then, if he needs to get out of something. That last play was him. That last play, we had a play call, he went to a check, which is what you saw there -€” running the football."

That was you giving him responsibility? "That was him -€” give him credit. There's probably not really a play that he can't get out of. Unless just one of those secure, double-tight, goal line run type of things, then, that's different."

Chiefs vs. Chargers: 10 Observations from Chiefs.com

1. We should have learned last year not to count this team out

There are going to be some obvious parallels drawn between last year's team, which overcame a 1-5 start to the season to win a franchise-record 11 straight games (including the team's first playoff win in more than two decades) and the game on Sunday.

But first, it has to be said—it's a new year, a new team, but there's just something about the way these guys rally around their even-keeled, level-headed leader, Andy Reid.

Reid refuses to be swayed by the emotional roller coaster that is often associated with an NFL game, particularly one as exciting as what we all saw on Sunday.

When players were asked in the locker room after the game as to what's behind their ability to stay within themselves and claw their way back when their backs are against the wall—almost to a tee—the players will point in the direction of Reid.

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware Provided Spark for Chiefs on Sunday from Chiefs.com

Ware broke multiple tackles on multiple plays and got the crowd on their feet and his teammates engaged into his performance with the effort he displayed.

"[Ware] brings a lot of energy, and he's an emotional player," head coach Andy Reid said after the game. "He has a knack for making plays when you need them."

"Seeing [Ware] just getting in to guys—even when he gets tackled, he takes it to them," right tackle Mitch Schwartz explained. "They're not going to come in as hard the next time if he's delivering a hit like that, so it gets us fired up, and it kind of gets everyone fired up, and then we just feed off of each other."

On Sunday against the Chargers, Ware gained 141 of his 199 total yards in the second half and overtime, stepping up for his team when they needed him the most.

Statement from Chiefs Players Regarding National Anthem Representation from Chiefs.com

"After having a number of thoughtful discussions as a group regarding our representation during the National Anthem, we decided collectively to lock arms as a sign of solidarity. It was our goal to be unified as a team and to be respectful of everyone's opinions, and the remembrance of 9/11. It's our job as professional athletes to make a positive impact on our communities and to be proactive when change is needed. Together we are going to continue to have conversations, educate ourselves and others on social issues and work with local law enforcement officials and leaders to make an impact on the Kansas City community."

- Representing All Kansas City Chiefs Players

Chiefs rally from 21-point deficit, stun Chargers 33-27 in OT in season opener from The Kansas City Star

One might think that after an offseason full of Super Bowl talk, the Chiefs' listless season-opening performance in the first half Sunday — which resulted in an 18-point halftime deficit — might inspire some angry words from their head coach in the locker room.

But Chiefs coach Andy Reid has been doing this a long time (18 years, as he likes to remind them) and did not yell. Instead, he calmly spoke to the players, and simply told them what they needed to do to reverse the tide against the visiting San Diego Chargers.

It conveyed a sense of confidence, one that helped set the stage for a stunning 33-27 overtime victory, the greatest second-half comeback (by margin) in club history in front of an announced crowd of 73,238 at Arrowhead Stadium.

"He was cool," running back Charcandrick West said of Reid. "We were 1-5 last year, bro. It doesn't get much worse than that."

Chiefs come up with score when needed in late-game situation from The Kansas City Star

For all the success in coach Andy Reid's first three seasons in Kansas City — 31 victories and a pair of playoff appearances — the late-game, manage-the-clock, must-score drive has rarely been part of the tool belt.

Reid's fourth season opened with precisely that situation, and the positive results led to a stunning victory.

The circumstances were favorable as the Chiefs took over with 1:49 remaining, trailing 27-20. They had outscored the Chargers 17-3 over the previous 15 minutes and were riding momentum.

The Chargers had gone conservative and failed to pick up a first down, punting it away just after the 2-minute warning, and Drew Kaser's boot spun in the Chiefs' direction. The kick went 17 yards and set up the Chiefs at the San Diego 42.

At that point, confidence was soaring.

Chiefs make history in rally over Chargers from Chiefs Digest

Turns out sometimes it doesn't matter how you start, it only matters how you finish.

The Chiefs put on an historic rally, erasing a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to tie the game with 1:03 remaining. They then took the ball to open overtime and drove 70 yards down the field to complete a wild 33-27 win over the San Diego Chargers.

The 21-point rally set a franchise record for largest second-half comeback and tied the record for largest fourth-quarter comeback.

Much of the team's confidence heading into the new season stemmed from the belief the offense led by quarterback Alex Smith could carry the team while the defense finds its equilibrium. But for three quarters against the Chargers, that optimism seemed misplaced.

Alex Smith sheds Captain Checkdown label, becomes Captain Comeback from The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs quarterback heard "touchdown" over the loudspeakers. He fist-pumped a little. He slapped hands with his teammates. The modern NFL means no celebration is official until further review.

So Smith walked to an open space, watched the replay on the video board (he couldn't tell much) and waited for the official to confirm what everyone left from a sold out crowd hoped to be true — that the quarterback who couldn't come back had just finished the greatest comeback in Chiefs history with a 33-27 overtime win over the Chargers in the season opener at Arrowhead Stadium.

Those first few seconds were chaos, Chiefs players and coaches swarming each other in what must've been at least a half dozen mini mosh pits. Smith, who typically shows all of the emotion of a shoelace, went bonkers. He screamed. He raised his arms. He cursed into the noise. He punched the air, strutting toward the seats, swarmed by photographers, his finest single moment in four years with the Chiefs.

"Definitely kind of lost it," Smith said.

Leading a big comeback puts a new light on Alex Smith from ESPN

The Kansas City Chiefs' locker room was subdued after Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers, particularly for a team that had had just completed a dramatic comeback.

Finally quarterback Alex Smith, who had been delayed on the field doing a TV interview, entered the room. Only then did the place erupt.

Smith was the man of the moment after leading the Chiefs to 30 points in the final 23 minutes and scoring the winning touchdown in overtime of a game that earlier looked lost. Smith, after the Chiefs' 33-27 victory, might be the man for some time in that Chiefs' locker room.

An injury and missed field goal are Chargers' pivot points from The Kansas City Star

From a Chiefs standpoint, their 33-27 overtime triumph over the Chargers was constructed with big plays and moments.

That also goes the other way. The Chargers also had moments that contributed to their downfall.

The first occurred late in the second quarter when wide receiver Keenan Allen went down with an injury, suffering what could be an ACL tear. He didn't return to the game.

Chiefs rookie Tyreek Hill's first NFL touchdown is a momentum changer from The Kansas City Star

On second down, Smith fired a quick lateral strike to rookie Tyreek Hill, and with a wall of blockers in front of him, Hill did what he does best, turn on the jets.

The fist pump actually started before Hill reached the end zone.

"It was just a group of players making a play," Hill said.

Indeed. Fellow wide receiver Jeremy Maclin threw a key block, and so did the left side of the offensive line.

The play happened quickly and started the run of points that led to the Chiefs' 33-27 overtime victory.

Anatomy of a comeback: How the Chiefs did it from Chiefs Digest

Some fans bailed on the Chiefs at halftime, down 21-3 to the San Diego Chargers Sunday, and a few more left early in the fourth quarter when the Chiefs fell behind 27-10.

The real exodus began when Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett made a spectacular interception, ripping an Alex Smith pass from what seemed like a reception to Jeremy Maclin with 12:53 left to play.

Who could blame them? The Chiefs had picked up just 188 yards through nearly 48 minutes of game time. No one had reason to believe Arrowhead Stadium had any magic in it this day.

Chiefs' comeback proves they could be legitimate contenders from ESPN

The Kansas City Chiefs were a team of two halves on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, dismal and looking lost in the first half but confident and very much a contender to win the AFC West in the second.

For now, after rallying from a 21-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Chargers 33-27 in overtime, they can live with being either team -- or both. They're 1-0 after reclaiming a game that early on appeared lost.

It will matter which team the real Chiefs are next Sunday, when they face the Texans in Houston. The Chiefs, indeed, are probably a little of the way they played in the first half and some of the way they looked after that.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid says Jeremy Maclin passed concussion protocol from The Kansas City Star

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said receiver Jeremy Maclin, who left Sunday's in the fourth quarter after absorbing a head-to-head shot from safety Jahleel Addae on a crucial 22-yard completion, returned to the game after passing concussion protocol.

"He was able to come back in the game after the test," Reid said.

Chiefs' report card: Record comeback repairs what would've been awful marks from The Kansas City Star

Reason to hope: The Chiefs beat a much-improved (and finally healthy) San Diego team despite playing an atrocious first half. They showed a lot of character and grit, and the players didn't seem overly pleased with themselves afterward, which speaks to the standards they hold themselves to and is a positive sign going forward.

Reason to mope: They looked terrible in the first half. The couldn't run the ball, they couldn't throw the ball, the Chargers' defense seemed a step ahead and the Chiefs' defense looked clueless as San Diego jumped out to a 21-3 halftime advantage. A half of football like that will get you beaten against a better team.

Chiefs Blitz: Q&A about Sunday's 33-27 win over the San Diego Chargers from The Kansas City Star

3. What were your thoughts on the play of Dee Ford? — @justinmayhugh

Give Dee credit — he's been criticized plenty amid mounting pressure, but to the naked eye, at least, the dude seemed to play pretty well Sunday. He flashed more than a few times in the run game, as he racked up five tackles, played hard and set the edge. And he recorded the Chiefs' only sack, a crucial takedown of Rivers late in the fourth quarter that helped send the game to overtime.

Chiefs project LB Justin Houston to return in November from ESPN

The Kansas City Chiefs are projecting Pro Bowl linebacker Justin Houston to return in November, nine months after he underwent surgery on a torn ACL in his left knee, a source familiar with the situation told ESPN.

Kansas City has kept it a mystery as to when Houston could or would return, but November would be the midpoint of the season, and the Chiefs are confident they will have their pass-rushing force back for the stretch run.

Symbolized by Marcus Peters' raised fist, the Chiefs make a creative statement of unity from The Kansas City Star

Which brings us to the national anthem and cornerback Marcus Peters standing at the end of the line, his left arm hooked in alignment with his team ... and his right fist hoisted in the air, a la the "Black Power" pose made iconic in sports history by John Carlos and Tommie Smith at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.

At least it appeared similar to Carlos.

"It looked like he had a glove on, too," Carlos said in a phone interview Sunday. "I'll have to put something about him on my (Facebook) page, for sure."

Alluding to both Kaepernick and Peters, Carlos said, "We're here for the duration; we're not going away. ... What you see today is the fruit of our labor."

That being, he said, to simply stand against bigotry and racism.

Chiefs players voice support for national anthem statement from Chiefs Digest

Peters said he discussed his feelings with coach Andy Reid and received approval to express his thoughts.

Reid said he had no questions about Peters and his respect for law enforcement and the military.

"You  don't ever question that with this guy," Reid said. "He just wants what is right, like we all do. I think that's the important thing."

The team issued a statement on behalf of the players immediately afterward, crediting it as "representing all Kansas City Chiefs players."

Quarterback Alex Smith said the decision to link arms indicated the team stood unified together.

Chiefs' Marcus Peters raises fist during anthem; Arian Foster, other Dolphins kneel from ESPN

In a statement issued on behalf of the players, the Chiefs said: "After having a number of thoughtful discussions as a group regarding our representation during the National Anthem, we decided collectively to lock arms as a sign of solidarity. It was our goal to be unified as a team and to be respectful of everyone's opinions, and the remembrance of 9/11.

"It's our job as professional athletes to make a positive impact on our communities and to be proactive when change is needed. Together we are going to continue to have conversations, educate ourselves and others on social issues and work with local law enforcement officials and leaders to make an impact on the Kansas City community."

Kansas City Chiefs Cornerback Marcus Peters Raises Fist During National Anthem from Time

Peters joined several NFL players who are supporting Kaepernick, whoseactions have drawn tremendous criticism from those who find his protest disrespectful, including Seattle cornerback Jeremy Lane, Denver linebacker Brandon Marshall and safety Eric Reid, who have kneeled during the anthem, ESPN reported.

"I salute Colin for what he's doing for a great cause," Peters told ESPN on Friday. "I'm 100 percent behind him. What's going on in law enforcement, it does need to change and it does need to change for ... everybody, not just us as black Americans."

Kansas City Chiefs lock arms during national anthem from The Sports Xchange via UPI

During the playing of the national anthem before the start of the Chiefs-Chargers game at Arrowhead Stadium, all Chiefs players, coaches and staff stood for the national anthem and locked arms.

Second-year Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters raised his fist during the anthem.

Kansas City Chiefs' Marcus Peters Raises Black-Gloved Fist During National Anthem from Slate

Peters appeared to be wearing a black glove, a likely homage to that famous moment when Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised black-gloved fists at the Olympics in 1968. Late last month, Robert Lipsyte wrote on Slate that Kaepernick's protest amounted to "the boldest display of athletic activism since that 1968 black-power salute in Mexico."

While Peters was the only member of the Chiefs to raise his fist, the entire team linked arms during the anthem. The players released a statement saying they "decided collectively to lock arms as a sign of solidarity."

Chiefs' Peters raises fist, 4 Dolphins kneel during national anthem from The Chicago Tribune

Peters' gesture was the only one visible throughout the early games Sunday, as the anthems took on more significance because of the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks.

"I come from a majority black community from Oakland, California ... so the struggle, I seen it," Peters said after the Chiefs beat San Diego 33-27 in overtime. "I still have some family in the struggle. All I'm saying is we want to educate those, the youth that's coming up."

Dolphins kneel, Seahawks lock arms and Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters and two New England Patriots players raise fists during national anthem on 9/11 anniversary from The Daily Mail

Miami Dolphins players have taken a knee, Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters and two New England Patriots players have raised their fists during the national anthem - becoming the latest players to join Colin Kaepernick's controversial protest.

The NFL stars carried on with their demonstrations as the 15th anniversary of 9/11 was marked in stadiums across the country.

New England Patriots players, Martellus Bennett and Devin McCourty raised their fists after the national anthem on Sunday night before their game against the Arizona Cardinals.

They have become the latest in the NFL to join the protest started by Kaepernick.

Patriots and Chief raise fists around anthem as Arian Foster kneels in Seattle from The Guardian

Gestures such as Peters' have become increasingly common since the San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat out the Star-Spangled Banner during pre-season as a protest at racial oppression in the United States. The Seattle Seahawks had already said they would link arms before their game on Sunday with the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins running back Arian Foster took a knee during the anthem, and was joined by team-mates Jelani Jenkins, Kenny Stills and Michael Thomas.

Like Foster, Peters had given notice that he may make a protest when speaking to reporters on Friday.

NFL Kansas City Chiefs player Marcus Peters protests during anthem on 9/11 anniversary from The Independent

The protesting players have been praised as allies of the Black Lives Matter movement, which grew in response to a string of high-profile police killings of unarmed black people across the country.

However, some players have received backlash over the protests, with some fans viewing the gestures as disrespecting the US flag, the military, and the country.

Marshall has faced criticism for his actions on Thursday and lost an endorsement from a sponsor two days later.

On Sunday, the Chiefs said in a statement they decided to lock arms as a sign of solidarity after having a number of "thoughtful discussions" as a group about how to behave.

Race protests spread in American football from Avisen [translated from the original Danish]

Sunday showed Kansas City Cheifs' [sic] Marcus Peters his backing when he when playing the national anthem before the game against the San Diego Chargers raised his right arm with a clenched fist.

It was the same demonstration, as you saw from the African-American track and field athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos on the medal podium at the Olympic Games in 1968.

Marcus Peters showed the 'Black Power' Anthem during the ceremony from Univision [translated from the original Spanish]

Peters alluded to the symbolic expression as a sign of support for the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kaepernick, which sparked controversy and debate after remaining seated during the singing of the anthem in a preseason game claiming that not show respect "for the flag of a country subjected to minorities ".

Marcus Peters point raised during the national anthem from RDS [translated from the original French] - Canada

The gesture of Peters was also a tribute to American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who respectively won gold and bronze in the 200 meters at the 1968 Olympics Both raised fist covered with a black glove during American anthem "highlight human rights" on the podium.

During the evening game, Martellus Bennett and Devin McCourty, the New England Patriots, have both raised right fist. Teammate Danny Amendola had meanwhile grabbed the American flag which was held on the ground in Arizona.

The International Olympic Committee expelled Smith and Carlos of the Games because of their gesture.

Marcus Peters fist raised during the American anthem from La Cote [translated from the original French] - Switzerland

Marcus Peters, player of the Kansas City Chiefs, listened to the American national anthem fist raised before the first game of the 2016 season for his team. He echoed the boycott launched by Colin Kaepernick to protest against the "oppression" of the black community in the United States.

The kickoff of the 2016 season this year corresponded to the fifteenth anniversary of the attacks of 11 September 2001 and ceremonies with minute of silence was held before the matches of the National Football League (NFL) throughout the country.

Raised fist as NFL anthem protests spread from The Western Australian

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters raised his fist and several Miami Dolphins players knelt during performances of the US national anthem on Sunday, the latest gestures in the NFL to draw attention to racial inequality.

San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick started a controversy when he began the protests against injustice and police brutality by refusing to stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner" during preseason games.

NFL season opens with 9/11 patriotism and protests in Seattle, Kansas City from The Washington Post

Across the NFL, as the first Sunday of the regular began with 11 games at 1 p.m., the focus was on patriotism and a solemn observance of the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

In Seattle and Kansas City, though, there were a protest during the playing of the national anthem, something that became a possibility after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began to protest police violence against minorities by remaining seated during preseason games.

At Seattle's CenturyLink Field, the Miami Dolphins' Arian Foster, Jelani Jenkins, Michael Thomas and Kenny Stills stood solemnly during the 9/11 ceremony, then knelt and placed a hand over their hearts during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Kansas City Chiefs players stand with arms locked in solidarity during national anthem from For The Win

Marcus Peters, who previously said he agrees 100 percent with Kaepernick, has his fist raised here, an homage to John Carlos and Tommie Smith during the 1968 Olympics.

Marcus Peters Raised His Fist During the National Anthem from Esquire

All eyes are on NFL players during the national anthem on the first Sunday of the season to see if any other players join Colin Kaepernick's protest. Marcus Peters of the Kansas City Chiefs, who expressed solidarity with Kaepernick earlier this week, raised his fist in the air while the rest of the players locked arms in solidarity during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner.

Chiefs' Marcus Peters raises fist as team locks arms during national anthem from FOX4KC

In light of Colin Kaepernick's highly publicized choice to sit during the national anthem, the Chiefs made a gesture of unity at the start of their season opener.

The team locked arms during the national anthem, but one player made another gesture.

Marcus Peters, who said earlier this week that he stands with Kaepernick one hundred percent, raised his fist as the anthem played. No one on the team knelt or sat.

National Anthem Protests Spread In NFL Opening Games from The Huffington Post

The opening games of the new National Football League season were marked by peaceful demonstrations during the U.S. national anthem on Sunday by players trying to draw attention to racial disparities in the country's justice system.

San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the protests when he refused to stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner" during preseason games, at first choosing to sit on the bench and then later kneeling on one knee in a gesture that has divided fans.

Chiefs' Marcus Peters raises fist during national anthem from SB Nation

Being at the end of the lineup, Peters had the freedom to make a statement with his unlocked arm. After the game, Peters didn't explicitly say that he informed the team that he'd raise his fist, but he did say that the team sat down to discuss the cause voiced by Colin Kaepernick and he asked about making a statement.

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback raised right fist during national anthem from Business Insider

It was a move reminiscent of the protest during the 1968 Olympics by Americans Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who raised their fists while wearing black gloves during the US national anthem.

NFL rewind: Chiefs send messages; Wentz solid in debut, but ... from The St Louis Post-Dispatch

"By linking arms together we did two things: We stood for those first responders and those who serve our country, and we also showed that we recognize there are some things that need to improve in this country," Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley said. "We didn't want to alienate anyone, but we did want to draw attention to the issues rather than (have) it seem like a protest."

However, KC cornerback Marcus Peters punctuated the playing of the anthem by raising a fist, reminiscent of the "Black Power" salute by John Carlos and Tommie Smith in the 1968 Olympics.

"I was just stating how I'm black, I love being black, and I support Colin (Kaepernick) and what he's doing as far as raising awareness with the justice system," Peters said.

NFL Protests Grow Sunday as Players Follow Kaepernick's Lead from ABC News

Kaepernick has drawn considerable attention for his stance on racial issues and his remarks about the police, sparking a debate among fans and many public officials over the right to protest and the appropriate response to the national anthem.

"He spoke up about something he felt he needed to speak up about," Peters said of Kaepernick. "I salute him for that. I'm going to back him up."

Peters' gesture of raising his fist appears to add a new element of political symbolism to the growing wave of demonstrations in the league.

Tommie Smith and John Carlos, gold and bronze medalists in the 200-meter run at the 1968 Olympic Games, engaged in a protest on the victory stand in which they raised their fists in what is frequently described as a "Black Power salute."

The players' actions Sunday appeared to reference that moment, which became a lasting symbol of America's civil rights movement.

As Chiefs and Seahawks link arms, Peters, four Dolphins gesture during anthem from Sporting News

On the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, NFL fans, media and onlookers everywhere were looking for possible gestures or statements by players during the national anthems across the league. They got some: in Kansas City from the Chiefs and from Marcus Peters, and later in Seattle from players on both the Seahawks and Dolphins.

Peters, the Chiefs' Pro Bowl cornerback,raised his right fist in the air while in line with his teammates during the national anthem ceremony in Kansas City. The players were standing in line with arms linked, with Peters at the right end of the line.

Seahawks, Chiefs Players Among NFLers Joining Protest During National Anthem from NESN

It appears the protests are growing.

Several NFL players and a few teams joined a growing list of athletes speaking out against social injustice by peacefully protesting "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Week 1 games Sunday.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first to do so after sitting and later kneeling during the national anthem during the preseason. He was joined by Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane in the preseason before U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe joined before a Seattle Reign FC game last week.

Across the NFL, teams and players showed signs of solidarity Sunday by locking arms together during the anthem.

NFL Protests Aren't Widespread from The Wall Street Journal

A handful of National Football League players demonstrated during the national anthem Sunday, but without the widespread protests that some league officials had anticipated on the day of the first full slate of games.

Still, there were signs that a protest over racial injustice—set off last month when quarterback Colin Kaepernick declined to stand for the anthem at a preseason game—had merely been put on hold.

High School football announcer allegedly says any fan who does not stand for the national anthem should be shotfrom News.com.au

AN announcer at a high school football game allegedly told spectators that anyone who did not stand for the US national antherm should be shot.

"If you don't want to stand for the National Anthem, you can line up over there by the fence and let our military personnel take a few shots at you since they're taking shots for you," said the announcer in the town of McKenzie, Alabama, said according to Denise Crowley-Whitfield, who posted the message on Facebook.

The McKenzie High School crowd — they were playing Houston County High School — went "crazy cheering" at the announcer's comments Crowley-Whitfield wrote in the since-deleted post that remains on the Google cache and has gone viral across the US.

Running Recap: Bolts Lose Heartbreaker in Kansas City from Chargers.com

The Chiefs then brought it within one score after Santos kicked a 33-yard field goal.  After being down 21, the Chiefs came back and tied the game with just over a minute left.

The game went to overtime and while the Chiefs won the coin toss, they also won the game.  The Chargers never got an opportunity to take the field as Kansas City won with a touchdown.

Mike McCoy directing awful Chargers reruns from The San Diego Union-Tribune

If Mike McCoy was fired today, the Chargers would have come perfectly full circle under his leadership.

They lost a 21-point third-quarter lead in his 2013 debut as the team's head coach, too.

Sunday's defeat was worse.

The 33-26 overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs continued a pattern. It came without the offense committing a turnover. It felt inevitable. It probably portends more of the same.

New Chargers, same as the old Chargers from The San Diego Union-Tribune

What ... the ... heck ... was ... that?

That ... was ... brutal.

Again.

There you pretty much have the summation offered and the shock-induced pace in which it was delivered in the Chargers' locker room after Sunday's season opener.

"I don't know what happened," defensive end Corey Liuget said.

It was the new team they promised. Then it was the same old Chargers, bad luck and all.

Chiefs go from sleepwalking to historic comeback victory from The St Louis Post-Disaptch

As the state's only NFL team, perhaps the Chiefs were paying homage to St. Louis — you know, by playing crummy like the dear, departed Rams did for so many years.

Or maybe, after a 1-5 start a year ago, the Chiefs were under the impression that seasons are supposed to start this way.

Whatever the reason, next to nothing went right for Kansas City for nearly three quarters Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium as the Chiefs fell behind by 21 points. Who could have predicted their dramatic comeback and a 33-27 overtime victory over San Diego?