Inspiring Army-Navy Prayer, Anthem Upstages Barnburner of a Snowy Rivalry Game


Players stood for the national anthem and bowed for a prayer at the annual Army-Navy game in Philadelphia on Saturday.

In a game decided on the final play, the traditions upheld before kickoff drew the most attention. A combined Army-Navy glee club, a snowy field, and an inspiring prayer created a memorable scene.

But the sight of nobody kneeling for the national anthem and a stadium bowing in reverence for the prayer left some on social media upset.

Not everybody complained.

Despite a strong Navy drive, marred by a few penalties, to end the game, the Midshipmen fell short—or, more precisely, wide left. Kicker Bennett Moehring missed a 48-yard field goal with time expiring in the snow that preserved a 14-13 victory for the Black Knights.

The win gives West Point their second straight in the series after dropping 14 in a row. But Navy owns the edge overall with a 60-51-7 record.


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