The seconds leading up to kick-off everyone needs a moment to themselves - this includes photographers, fans and players.
No matter what form of preparing for a big game one chooses - they must focus on the end result before the game even begins.
It's very easy as a photographer to feel the energy of the crowd and player introductions - becoming overly excited. I find this to be an interference to my focus, so I tend to close my eyes and take a moment to try and drown out all distractions.
Bacarri Rambo of the Buffalo Bills had a similar moment as he and his teammates walked onto the field to play the Washington Redskins.
This picture made me realize that I too needed to calm my emotions as I sprinted around the feel and tunnel for pregame.