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Behind the Lens: Counting Down the Top Eight Photos from the 2020 Season – No. 7

Counting down the best photos from the Chiefs’ archives in 2020

A photograph can be powerful. It possesses the ability to capture the raw emotion of a singular moment through an otherwise fleeting snippet of time, whether that be the thrill of a postseason victory or a fan simply experiencing their first Chiefs' game.

We began to explore several of those moments last week and will continue to do so moving forward along with commentary from Chiefs' team photographer Steve Sanders, who has been on the job for 12 years. Sanders hand-selected each of the eight photos featured in this series as his personal favorites, picking a variety of images from the 2020 campaign.

If you missed it, here’s a look at No. 8.

We'll continue with No. 7:


Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) during the NFL football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium on September 10, 2020.

Game: Week 1 vs. Houston

The Subject: Safety Tyrann Mathieu raises a fist for the camera prior to kickoff

Taken By: Steve Sanders

Camera Model: Canon EOS-1D X Mark III

Focal Length: 125 mm

Exposure Time: 1/1,600

Aperture: f/2.8

Steve Sanders' Thoughts:

Q: What was going on in this moment?

Sanders: "This was right before the season kickoff game against the Texans. We were getting ready to start the season, so there were nerves and those kinds of things on the sideline, but Tyrann just looked at me and gave me a little bit of a cheer with that side eye look," Sanders said. "It just made a good picture. There's a lot going on in the background that I don't love, but I love the way that Tyrann looks – all the way down to the little logo on his glove."

Q: What does this photo say about Tyrann and his personality?

Sanders: "He's focused, but he also has a little bit of that 'honey badger' attitude," Sanders said. "He's ready to go."

Q: As the team photographer, how beneficial is it to have built relationships with the players so that when Tyrann looks over at you, he feels comfortable showing some personality?

Sanders: "It definitely helps. I want the guys to be themselves, and building those relationships helps that," Sanders said. "If they want to show you a little bit of their personality, it'll show through."