Animal Crossing Made A Surprise Appearance On NFL Sunday

The stands at the Detroit Lions game included villager cutouts.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons characters made a special appearance in the stands of the Detroit Lions and Indianapolis Colts football game on Sunday. Cardboard cutouts of villagers, Blathers, and other characters filled part of the bleachers during the NFL matchup.

Originally reported by Dali Dimovski on Twitter, the cutouts could be seen a few times during CBS's broadcast of the game. Cardboard cutouts have become a regular part of professional sports after the COVID pandemic forced teams to limit fan attendance. Teams have been pumping fake crowd noise into stadiums and adding cutouts like these to the stands at NBA, MLB, and NFL games.

The game took place in Detroit at Ford Field, although the cutouts didn't help the Lions at all. They lost to the Colts by 20 points in a 41-21 blowout.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has cemented itself as a major part of 2020. Players have used the game to replace trick-or-treating since going door to door this Halloween wasn't safe because of the pandemic. Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate for president, has his own island, too. One player is even trying to recreate The Office within their game.

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