There is no date that does not arrive or a deadline that is not met. Thus, the long-awaited return of the NFL to our country announced last January, finally occurred.
Texans, Raiders and the NFL put the music and Mexican fans into the party. And on the night of Monday, November 21, the Azteca Stadium became a veritable hotbed, in a multicolored party where, although the black and silver characteristic of the Malosos predominated in the stands, fans of the 31 remaining teams were also They made an appointment at the property to take part in the NFL party.
Around one o'clock in the afternoon hundreds and hundreds of fans began to arrive near the Santa Úrsula Colossus. Masks, jerseys and New Era caps were the favorite accessories of the fans that came together to witness the return to Mexico of the NFL.
The entrance to the property was given in an orderly manner. The chants in the tunnels, ramps and corridors formed an atmosphere of euphoria that only those who attended an event of such magnitude could understand.
The kickoff of the meeting took place at the edge of 7:35 pm and with it came the explosion of emotions in the Aztec. The Texan squad began with an offense that consumed little more than six minutes and that returned them with a 32-yard field goal courtesy of Nick Novak, thus opening the board of the first Monday Night Football played outside of the United States.
It was a matter of time before the 'on' Raiders quarterback, Derek Carr, calibrated the arm to put the Texas defense in a bind. So it was. At the start of the second period, Carr threw a 17-yard pass that put Jalen Richard in the end zone for the first touchdown of the night. After the extra point of the eternal Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland already won 3-7.
Moments later and after a fumble of the Texans, Raiders got three more units through Janikowski, however, the Houston reacted and added their first score four minutes later to go to the break 10-10.
It was right in the middle that the fans became protagonists of the meeting, forming a mosaic on the top of the grandstand of the Azteca in which you could read "GRACIAS MÉXICO".
The minutes continued their march and the meeting was not without emotions. At the close of the third quarter the light indicated a minimal advantage of 17-13 in favor of Houston.
At the beginning of the last period Novak put more land in between with a field goal that put the Texans ahead of six, however, the Malosos reacted and with notes from Jamize Olawale and Amari Cooper put definitive figures on the cards, staying with the encounter 20-27.