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NFL Kickoff Presented By EA Sports Madden NFL 21 To Celebrate Start Of NFL’s 101st Season, Thursday September 10

2020 NFL Kickoff Presented By EA Sports Madden NFL 21

The NFL kicks off the league’s second century with “2020 NFL KICKOFF PRESENTED BY EA SPORTS MADDEN NFL 21″ at 7:00 PM ET on Thursday, September 10. Welcoming fans back to football for the 101st season, coverage begins with the NFL Kickoff Special at 7 PM ET on NBC. Super Bowl LIV Champions, the Kansas City Chiefs will host the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium beginning at 8:20 PM ET.

The season opener will feature two of the best young quarterbacks in the game, Kansas City’s PATRICK MAHOMES, the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl LIV and Houston’s DESHAUN WATSON, who have both led their respective teams to division titles in each of the past two seasons.

In the 2019 AFC Divisional Round, Kansas City defeated Houston, 51-31, after trailing 24-0, becoming the first team in NFL history to win a playoff game by at least 20 points after trailing in that game by at least 20 points. Last season, Kansas City overcame a 10-point fourth quarter deficit to win Super Bowl LIV.

The 2020 Kickoff will celebrate the return of football and will also recognize an unprecedented offseason and honor the historic social justice movement and community engagement of our players and clubs across the country.

Through the Inspire Change platform, the NFL will continue its long-term commitment to working in communities to bring about positive change. 

On Thursday, September 10, the NFL produced KICKOFF LIVESTREAM “IT TAKES ALL OF US” PRESENTED BY EA SPORTS MADDEN NFL 21 will celebrate the start of the season and consist of features of the Kansas City Chiefs community impact, Inspire Change and a 2020 season preview.

The livestream will run across NFL social channels including – Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, NFL.com, Twitch and TikTok beginning at 7:05 PM ET.

A special rendition of LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING will be featured during NBC’s pregame coverage and will be celebrated throughout Kickoff Weekend. These features will serve to educate on the history of the song and highlight the work of NFL players in their communities. 

Lift Every Voice and Sing,” a song of inspiration and unity, was first written as a poem by James Weldon Johnson in 1900, and performed in Jacksonville, FL by a chorus of 500 children in honor of President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. 

The poem was set to music by Johnson’s brother, John Rosamond Johnson, and soon adopted by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) as its official song and a celebration of faith and hope to become known as the Black National Anthem.

To honor the kickoff of an extraordinary season, the league’s newest brand campaign, “IT TAKES ALL OF US” will leverage the scale and power of the NFL to unite our country. “It Takes All of Us” will debut with a :90-second film that will air before a special performance of the National Anthem.

The season-long campaign will connect all league causes beginning with social justice and honoring those on the frontlines of COVID-19. For the duration of Week 1, all NFL fields will feature end zone stencils with the words “It Takes All of Us” and “End Racism.”

This season, NFL players, coaches, and officials have the opportunity to honor victims of systemic racism, victims of police brutality, and social justice heroes with helmet stickers and patches. Over 1400 players and 300 coaches and officials selected names or phrases, which included It Takes All of Us; End Racism; Stop Hate; and Black Lives Matter.

Additionally, players have the option to wear a warmup tee with the unifying messages Injustice Against One of Us, Is Injustice Against All of Us (front of tee) and END RACISM (back of tee).

In addition to the live telecast of NFL Kickoff on NBC, the game will be streamed live across all devices via NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, NFL.com, and the NFL app. 

Additionally, fans on mobile devices can stream the game via the Texans and Chiefs mobile properties, Yahoo Sports, and other Verizon Media and NFL properties. Audio coverage of the game will be provided by Westwood One Radio, SiriusXM and the TuneIn app.

AL MICHAELS will call the action alongside CRIS COLLINSWORTH. MICHELE TAFOYA will report from Arrowhead Stadium. Three-time Super Bowl referee TERRY MCAULAY is the Sunday Night Football rules analyst.

2020 NFL KICKOFF PRESENTED BY EA SPORTS MADDEN NFL 21 will be executive produced by Emmy Award winning, RICKY KIRSHNER.

In addition to presenting sponsor EA Sports Madden NFL 21, top-tier sponsors for NFL Kickoff include Bose, Bud Light, Microsoft, Pepsi, Pizza Hut, SNICKERS and Verizon.

Sponsors including Pepsi and Microsoft are getting involved in enhancing the at-home fan experience.

Wednesday, September 9 at 10 PM ET, fans can tune in to “Kickoff Eve Presented by Pepsi” on NFL Network. Microsoft Teams is working to power Fan Mosaics that will integrate live fans into the broadcast of select games throughout Kickoff Weekend.

HISTORY OF NFL OPENING KICKOFF EVENTS 

DATELOCATIONNETWORKTALENTGAME
9/5/2002Times Square, New YorkCBS, MTV, VH1 and ESPNBon Jovi, Enrique Iglesias, Alicia Keys, Eve, Cast of Broadway musical Rent with Joey Fatone of NSYNCSan Francisco at NY Giants (ESPN)
9/4/2003The National Mall, Washington, DCABCAerosmith, Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin, Britney Spears, Good CharlotteNY Jets at Washington (ABC)
9/9/2004Gillette Stadium, New England/ Metropolitan Park, JacksonvilleABCBoston Pops, Mary J. Blige, Destiny’s Child, Elton John, Toby Keith, Lenny Kravitz (NE); Jessica Simpson (Jax.)Indianapolis at New England (ABC)
9/8/2005Gillette Stadium, New England/ Los Angeles Coliseum, LA/DetroitABCGreen Day, Santana, Michelle Branch, Ozzy Osbourne, Trisha Yearwood (NE); Kanye West, Maroon 5, Good Charlotte, Rihanna (LA); Rolling Stones (taped from Detroit)Oakland at New England (ABC)
9/7/2006Heinz Field, Pittsburgh/MiamiNBCRascal Flatts, Martina McBride (Anthem) (Pitt.); Diddy, Cassie, Yung Joc, Tego Calderon (Miami)Miami at Pittsburgh (NBC)
9/6/2007Monument Circle/RCA Dome, IndianapolisNBC, NFLNJohn Mellencamp, Faith Hill, Kelly Clarkson, Hinder, Keyshia Cole & Voices of Unity Youth Choir (Anthem)New Orleans at Indianapolis (NBC)
9/4/2008Columbus Circle, New York City/Giants Stadium, New JerseyNFLN, NBCNatasha Bedingfield, Keith Urban, UsherWashington at New York Giants (NBC)
9/10/2009Point State Park/Heinz Field, PittsburghNFLN, NBCTim McGraw, The Black Eyed Peas, Harry Connick Jr. (Anthem)Tennessee at Pittsburgh (NBC)
9/9/2010Jackson Square (Parade & Concert) /Superdome, New OrleansNFLN, NBCDave Matthews Band, Taylor Swift, Harry Connick Jr., Colbie Caillat (Anthem)Minnesota at New Orleans (NBC)
9/8/2011Lambeau Field,Green BayNFLN, NBCKid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Maroon 5New Orleans at Green Bay (NBC)
9/5/2012Rockefeller Center, New York / MetLife Stadium, New JerseyNFLN, NBCMariah Carey, No DoubtDallas at New York Giants (NBC)
9/5/2013Baltimore Inner Harbor/ Sports Authority Field at Mile High, DenverNFLN, NBCKeith Urban, Danielle Bradbery (Anthem)Baltimore at Denver(NBC)
9/4/2014CenturyLink Field, SeattleNFLN, NBCPharrell Williams, Soundgarden, Ariana Grande (Anthem)Green Bay at Seattle (NBC)
9/10/2015Gillette Stadium, New EnglandNFLN, NBCEllie Goulding, TrainPittsburgh at New England (NBC)
9/8/2016Civic Center Park, DenverNFLN, NBCDierks Bentley, OneRepublic, Andra Day (Anthem)Carolina at Denver (NBC)
9/7/2017Christopher Columbus Park, Boston / Gillette Stadium, New EnglandNFLN, NBCGuster, Flo Rida, Maren Morris (Anthem)Kansas City at New England (NBC)
9/6/2018Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia / Lincoln Financial Field, PhiladelphiaNFLN, NBCShawn MendesAtlanta at Philadelphia (NBC)
9/5/2019Grant Park, Chicago / Soldier Field, ChicagoNFLN, NBCMeghan Trainor, Rhapsody, Meek MillGreen Bay at Chicago (NBC)
9/10/20Kansas City / Arrowhead StadiumNFLN, NBCTO BE ANNOUNCEDHouston at Kansas City (NBC)
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