All eyes were on the two teams, especially the Cowboys, to see if they'd use the high-profile game to follow the lead of National Football League players who linked arms or kneeled in support of ongoing protests to police brutality and racial inequality started last season by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
The Cowboys then retreated to the sidelines and locked arms again during Jordin Sparks' rendition of the anthem.
The Cowboys did protesting in their own way.
If the Cowboys decided to make the protest a team effort, it would not be the first time they've done so.
That task has not been an easy one for the Dallas Cowboys The Cowboys have lost the last four times out against the Cardinals, and even worse, they've lost five of the last six when they've played in Arizona.
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett had addressed the topic with the team, but it was more of a discussion than a plan of action meeting, NBC 5 Cowboys insider Jean-Jacques Taylor reported earlier Monday. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem.
The incident comes amid a national firestorm that was sparked after critical remarks from President Trump about the players kneeling.
Given some past comments, many were truly stunned to see Jones on the field with the players in this manner.
There had been reports that the Cowboys were planning an anthem protest on Monday night, and ultimately this is what took place.
The Fort Worth-Star Telegram has talked with multiple anonymous players who have stated there will be protests.