5:25 PM PT -- Two very different approaches to the national anthem to start the NFL season -- the Houston Texans left the field while the KC Chiefs linked arms on the goal line.
It all went down Thursday evening before the NFL's highly publicized season opener at Arrowhead Stadium in KC.
The entire Houston Texans team -- which had been warming up on the field -- walked back into the team locker room for both the Star-Spangled Banner and "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing," commonly known as the Black national anthem.
NBC reports that Houston didn't want to make it seem like they were favoring one song over the other, so they stayed in the locker room for both.
As for the Chiefs, some players and staffers took a knee. Others did not.
Singers Chloe x Halle performed the rendition of the national anthem ... both honoring George Floyd and Breonna Taylor on their shirts.
The Kansas City Chiefs have painted social justice messages in both end zones at Arrowhead Stadium ... as the team gets ready to kick off the 2020 season.
The phrases -- "End Racism" and "It Takes All Of Us" -- will be displayed throughout end zones across the league this season ... and were revealed prior to the Chief's season opener against the Houston Texans.