Welcome to the 2015 NFL season.
As always, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game served as the catalyst for a fresh start. The 2015 rendition pitted the Minnesota Vikings against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
A sea of Steelers fans took over the stadium for the induction of former running back Jerome Bettis. They were well represented during the game since Canton is only a short 100-mile bus ride from Pittsburgh.
The team, however, was missing a few of its key performers since quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, wide receiver Antonio Brown, running back Le'Veon Bell and center Maurkice Pouncey did not play in the contest, according to ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler.
Vikings faithful, meanwhile, are excited for the upcoming season as Minnesota remains a chic playoff pick behind the arm of Teddy Bridgewater and legs of Adrian Peterson.
Peterson didn't play during tonight's game, though, which extended his streak of not playing in a preseason game to nearly four years, per ESPN.com's Adam Schefter.
Plenty of intriguing talent was still be on the field as both teams attempted to build their regular-season rosters in their first of five preseason contests.
Sunday's game was merely the first step. With the Hall of Fame game completed, 22 straight weeks of NFL contests will follow.