“Thursday Night Football” kicked off Week 3 of the NFL season as the Los Angeles Rams went on the road to challenge the San Francisco 49ers.
As has become something of a weekly tradition for the 49ers, one of their top players took a knee as a form of protest during the recital of the national anthem.
This week, it was again was Eric Reid, the first player who knelt alongside then-49er Colin Kaepernick when he began protesting during the anthem last year. Reid, nursing a knee injury, was ruled out for the Thursday tilt.
He was surrounded by many of his teammates in a show of solidarity.
— Rob Lowder (@Rob_Lowder) September 22, 2017
But this time, the fans had quite the response to the national anthem protests happening in the league.
They simply didn’t watch.
This was a shot of Levi’s Stadium during the national anthem.
— Akash Anavarathan (@akashanav) September 22, 2017
Whether it’s a combination of overpriced tickets, a somewhat lackluster matchup or general disdain toward the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell, the 49ers’ home stadium was akin to a ghost town for a divisional rivalry game.
That’s not a good sign.
Perhaps the 49ers should focus more on football.
Notice No. 11 placing his hand on Reid’s shoulder? That’s Marquise Goodwin. Twelve seconds into the game, Goodwin didn’t communicate properly with quarterback Brian Hoyer. He ran a busted route and Hoyer threw a bad pass, and things didn’t work out for the 49ers.
— Brian Chojnacki (@BroadcastingBri) September 22, 2017
The 49ers would go on to lose 41-39 to bring their record to 0-3.
Todd Gurley had three touchdowns — two rushing and one receiving — for the Rams (2-1), while Jared Goff passed for 292 yards and three scores.
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