EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) —  At least 19 New York Giants players knelt during the playing of the national anthem and the Pittsburgh Steelers held a banner with an anti-racism message before Monday night’s game at MetLife Stadium.

The Steelers remained in their locker room and the Giants stood in an end zone some 25 minutes earlier when the Black anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” was played.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – SEPTEMBER 14: Head coach Joe Judge of the New York Giants stands as his players kneel during the National Anthem before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium on September 14, 2020 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

During the national anthem, the Steelers stood side by side while a group of players held a white banner with the words “Steelers Against Racism.”

The Giants’ defensive players were mostly the ones who knelt during the anthem. Defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson was on a knee with a hand across his heart.

Giants co-owner John Mara said last week he preferred for his team to stand for the national anthem but said he would support anyone who felt the need to protest for equality.

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