Animal Crossing characters were in attendance Sunday for the Detroit Lions game

The Lions had some familiar friends in the stands for their latest game.


With the ongoing pandemic deeming mass gatherings dangerous and unsafe, sporting events have gone on with little to no fans in attendance. This is the case with the NFL, where teams have had to play in stadiums filled with thousands upon thousands of empty seats. Many organizations have put cardboard cutouts in the audience so that fans could still show their support, even if to a small degree. On this past Sunday, the Detroit Lions had brought some Animal Crossing characters to watch as they faced off against the Indianapolis Colts.

As spotted by Twitter user @DaliDimovski, the Animal Crossing: New Horizons characters can be seen during a crowd shot just before the CBS broadcast cut to a commercial break. We’ve seen many teams have fun with their fake fans, but this is the first we’ve seen some video game representation from an NFL team. In the crowd we can see Blathers, Derwin, Gulliver, and numerous human villagers. The Lions shared a video announcing the crossover on Twitter in the days leading up to the game.

Of course, those familiar will know that this isn’t the first time the Detroit Lions have shown their love of Animal Crossing. When New Horizons first released, the Lions revealed their entire 2020 schedule with a series of creative videos made within the video game. 

It’s quite clear that someone over in the Detroit Lions organization is a huge Animal Crossing fan. Unfortunately, no amount of video game characters at Ford Field could save Detroit from the 41-21 loss they suffered at the hands of Phillip Rivers and the Indianapolis Colts. Here’s hoping some villagers will travel with them to Minnesota to take on the Vikings this upcoming weekend. 

Speaking of Animal Crossing, New Horizons is receiving new content as we transition into November, such as mushrooms and new DIY recipes. Be sure to bookmark our Animal Crossing: New Horizons guide for more on Nintendo’s lifestyle simulator.

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Donovan is a young journalist from Maryland, who likes to game. His oldest gaming memory is playing Pajama Sam on his mom's desktop during weekends. Pokémon Emerald, Halo 2, and the original Star Wars Battlefront 2 were some of the most influential titles in awakening his love for video games. After interning for Shacknews throughout college, Donovan graduated from Bowie State University in 2020 with a major in broadcast journalism and joined the team full-time. He is a huge Scream nerd and film fanatic that will talk with you about movies and games all day. You can follow him on twitter @Donimals_

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