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What was it like attending Cowboys’ home opener? COVID-19 safety measures couldn’t contain fans’ comeback passions.

ARLINGTON – Greg Zuerlein spent years training to control his emotions for the sort of moment that came on Sunday afternoon.



a close up of a helmet: A Dallas Cowboys fan cheers for his team as they play the Atlanta Falcons at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, September 20, 2020.


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A Dallas Cowboys fan cheers for his team as they play the Atlanta Falcons at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, September 20, 2020.

The fans in Section 448 of AT&T Stadium did not.

So when the Cowboys kicker methodically converted a 46-yard field goal as time expired, completing a dramatic 40-39 comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons, many of those fans attending an NFL game during the COVID-19 pandemic celebrated organically.

Like there was no pandemic at all.

Before an announced crowd of 21,708 people, the Cowboys were one of six NFL franchises that allowed fans to attend their 2020 home opener. The team established and clearly communicated safety guidelines, but compliance varied noticeably by person and was influenced by

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