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Before the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions kicked off the NFL's three-game Thanksgiving Day slate, Aretha Franklin delivered a stunning rendition of the national anthem.

Franklin's soulful, four-minute, 35-second performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" brought the house down at Detroit's Ford Field and quickly went viral.

For reference, the average length of the last ten Super Bowl national anthems has been just under two minutes.

The social media reaction to Franklin was overwhelmingly positive, although many people poked fun at her rendition's enormous length:

Watch the full performance below, and let us know what you think in the comments.


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