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The New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons held hands after the national anthem on MNF


In a moving show of unity, the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons held hands following the playing of the National Anthem before their game Monday night, joining others in the National Football League in protest against racial inequality in the United States, reports ESPN.

The act drew many supporters online. 

Saints' head coach Sean Payton originally reached out to Falcons'  head coach Dan Quinn with the idea last week. Both the coaches and locker-room leaders on each team loved the idea, reported ESPN. 

The teams joined hands in response to the shootings of black men by police officers in Tulsa and Charlotte last week. 

New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons Flacons hold hands in a prayer circle after an NFL football game in New Orleans, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. The Falcons won 45-32. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

The players then knelt together, hands clasped, after the game and prayed. The Falcons went on to defeat the Saints 45-32.

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