The circumstances were unprecedented because of the novel coronavirus pandemic and a charged cultural and political atmosphere, but, after protests during the national anthem and with coaches and officials masked up, the first Sunday of the NFL season began to bring some much-needed normalcy to 2020.

Tom Brady and Cam Newton were in new uniforms. Aaron Rodgers was still dazzling. The Detroit Lions had a deflating loss. The Chicago Bears were elated. Finally, after months of chatter, the games brought comfort.

Find early highlights from Sunday’s openers below.