Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh watched with his left arm around daughter, Alison, and his right hand over his heart.
A color guard stood with the American flag just in front of the Ravens sideline.
Ravens nose tackle Terrence Cody could be seen on the stadium’s video board tilting his head back, appearing to hold back tears.
Fans offered a rousing ovation at the finish, and the chorus then trotted to the 20-yard line and turned, with their hands on their hearts, to watch Alicia Keys sing the national anthem.
Caitlin Hamilton, a 22-year-old English teacher from Dodge City, Kansas, said on Twitter she thought the performance would, without a doubt, be the best part of the Super Bowl.
“It just shows that they’re still persevering despite what’s happened to them,” Hamilton said. “It was a great way to lift up the people of Sandy Hook as well, and to let them know that the people of America support them.”
Hamilton said that as a teacher, when she thinks about the shooting she thinks of herself in the same situation. She said Hudson did well leading the song, but the kids were the main event.
“I thought the kids were more inspirational that they could get up there and sing despite everything that had happened to them,” she said.