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Weak 16: Christmas Did Not Come for the NFL’s Empty Stadiums

As the nation prepares to celebrate Christmas Day, it looks like Santa didn’t come to fill the NFL’s empty stadiums for the league’s Week 16 games.

The NFL’s Week 16 began with an admission by the Baltimore Ravens that the mass player protests during the playing of the national anthem when the team was playing on foreign soil in Britain’s Wembley Stadium, has seriously hurt its attendance all year here at home.

The Ravens sent a letter to season-ticket holders, sponsors, and suite holders, commenting on the number of empty seats at M&T Bank Stadium and specifically citing the anthem protests as a factor causing the no-shows.

Despite last week’s mea culpa, the stadium was still practically empty for Saturday’s game. Photos of show a massive number of empty seats at M&T Bank Stadium as the Ravens took on the Indianapolis Colts. The Ravens won the points, but not the fans in a 23-16 final.

RIP NFL @EmptySeatsPicspic.twitter.com/biFcZ36z2n

— Josh Rubin (@j_z_rubin) December 23, 2017

(2/X) RT @Outlawracer67: kick off for Ravens vs Colts Stands are very empty. @[me] pic.twitter.com/jabRErXAV0

— Empty Seats Galore (@EmptySeatsPics) December 23, 2017

Near the end of the 1st, still plenty of empty seats. pic.twitter.com/8bq0ytV0b1

— Brandon Weigel (@brandon_weigel) December 23, 2017

Kickoff Ravens Colts @EmptySeatsPicspic.twitter.com/MyLpcoZ5q8

— Anne Arundel Politics & Maryland Sports (@ArundelPolitics) December 23, 2017

The tale of empty seats continued as teams kicked off for Sunday’s games, as well.

When the Los Angeles Rams traveled to Nissan Stadium to meet the Tennessee Titans, it appeared that fans were less interested in football than the NFL would have hoped. The Titans lost fans and the game in a 27-23 squeaker to the Rams.

All we want for Christmas is a @titans W! Let’s go, boys! ⚔ #Project615#TitanUp ?: @MusicCityTourspic.twitter.com/JI3FK4qJDx

— Project 615 (@project615) December 24, 2017

@Titans Two Noo Yawkuhs Having a Great Time at the Game! #TitanUp#MostFunWinspic.twitter.com/q7ZoDf398n

— Paul Mondesire (@TallPaul513) December 24, 2017

The Cincinnati Bengals weren’t able to turn out fans at Paul Brown Stadium on the riverfront, either. The Bengals did beat the Detroit Lions, though, 26-17, though. So the day wasn’t a complete loss for the “Who Dey” crowd.

Bengals fans doing some self-reflection on this Christmas Eve. pic.twitter.com/D1oNXbHZ9q

— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurkeNFL) December 24, 2017

#Let’sRoar #Bengals50pic.twitter.com/HEtS0gOZ7T

— April Wyatt (@ALW80) December 24, 2017

NFL in nappies. Who dey! #bengals50https://t.co/gFf5TZMqLfpic.twitter.com/v7cfCVdzNZ

— Dom Vizor (@domvizor) December 24, 2017

As the Miami Dolphins battled the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs took the game with a final 29-13. But there were a lot of empty seats presiding over the game.

Ralphie from #achristmasstoryhouse is at the #ChiefsKingdom game today pic.twitter.com/OtCbtQLra9

— KelCon Technologies (@kelcontech) December 24, 2017

My nephew at his first Chiefs game all the way from Hawaii!! Christmas Eve at arrowhead! Merry Christmas from the Lampe’s and Stockwell’s. Go Chiefs!!#chiefskingdom! pic.twitter.com/P9sgr3XVUs

— Bill Lampe (@BillLampeVC) December 24, 2017

CBS just showed A LOT OF EMPTY SEATS at Arrowhead #ChiefsKingdom

— Chris Law (@ChrisLaw) December 24, 2017

Meanwhile, in a snowy Chicago, the Bears trounced the Cleveland Browns 20 to 3. However, apparently the fans stayed home where it’s warmer. Only about half of Soldier Field’s seats were warmed by a fan this weekend.

Only about half of snowy Soldier Field's 61,500 seats are occupied for game between #Bears and #Browns. pic.twitter.com/W8SaBaVVCj

— Matthew Carlson (@MattCNews) December 24, 2017

For the fans at home: 11 minutes left in the first quarter, and these are the west side stands. pic.twitter.com/ozCfFGwLtK

— James Neveau (@JamesNeveau) December 24, 2017

The Carolina Panthers hosted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, and won in a 22-19 final. But fans had other things to do. Video of the game shows a ton of empty blue-backed seats shining through the crowd.

Halftime @Panthers up 12-6 over Tampa Bay! #KeepPounding#MerryChristmaspic.twitter.com/SrGLhD6bMI

— Heather Childers (@HeatherChilders) December 24, 2017

When the Denver Broncos arrived at FedEx Field to face the Washington Redskins, fans seemed more interested in tending to Christmas plans back home.

Somehow ended up here.#Redskins#Broncos#FedExField#GreatSeats#NFLpic.twitter.com/UvRzeM5Oci

— Mike D ? (@hockywizrd) December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas Eve with my brother @chrisseanjohnson from the front row on the 50 yard line @Redskins@FedExField thanks @janjeffcoat for a great #ChristmasEve gift ? ? pic.twitter.com/VhC2df2HCZ

— Matthew Kingsley (@3kingsley) December 24, 2017

Finally, football in New York is still struggling as the Los Angeles Chargers traveled east to MetLife Stadium to face the New York Jets. The Chargers won 14-7, but fans stayed home regardless.

@MLStadium#jets no idea what’s going on, it’s beyond cold but NFL game – tick pic.twitter.com/u2MV4V9oPI

— Joanne Trup (@JoanneTrup) December 24, 2017

Enjoying My Christmas Eve At @MLStadium Watching My @Chargers Take On The @nyjets#BoltUp#LACvsNYJpic.twitter.com/H6oi3hwyMG

— Keegan (@ImJustKeegan) December 24, 2017

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