Stirring national anthem kicks off Rose Bowl playoffs

There were incredible scenes at the Rose Bowl in California on New Year's Day after a stirring National Anthem and a B2 bomber flying over the stadium left the crowd roaring with applause. 

The US Army Chorus kicked things off with the anthem on Monday afternoon at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena ahead of the College Football Playoff semifinal game between Oklahoma and Georgia.

A B-2 Spirit, also known as the Stealth Bomber, then flew over the cheering crowd before the game officially kicked off in the packed stadium.

The US Army Chorus kicked things off with the anthem on Monday afternoon at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena ahead of Oklahoma and Georgia playoffs

The US Army Chorus kicked things off with the anthem on Monday afternoon at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena ahead of Oklahoma and Georgia playoffs

A B-2 Spirit, also known as the Stealth Bomber, then flew over the cheering crowd before the game officially kicked off in the packed stadium

A B-2 Spirit, also known as the Stealth Bomber, then flew over the cheering crowd before the game officially kicked off in the packed stadium

The anthem performance was widely praised on social media with many saying the rendition by US forces left them with goosebumps.

'If you don't get goosebumps watching the US forces sing the national anthem at the Rose Bowl and Lieutenant Dan clapping like hell, there's something wrong,' one person tweeted. 

Another wrote on Facebook: 'Coolest National Anthem ever! During a time when there are few true patriots in the younger generation... I am proud of the Armed Forces and MY America!' 

The actual Rose Bowl kicked off just after 5pm on Monday. 

The first spot in the College Football Playoff championship game will go to either the Georgia Bulldogs or second-ranked Oklahoma Sooners.

The US Army Chorus performed the National Anthem and were praised on social media

The US Army Chorus performed the National Anthem and were praised on social media

Fans cheer before the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game between Oklahoma and Georgia on New Year's Day

Fans cheer before the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game between Oklahoma and Georgia on New Year's Day

The anthem performance was widely praised on social media with many saying the rendition by US forces left them with goosebumps

The anthem performance was widely praised on social media with many saying the rendition by US forces left them with goosebumps

A B-2 Stealth Bomber makes a fly-over before kickoff of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game

A B-2 Stealth Bomber makes a fly-over before kickoff of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game

Oklahoma players kneel together before the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game against Georgia

Oklahoma players kneel together before the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game against Georgia

One minute into the second quarter and the Rose Bowl was on a record-setting pace with the Sooners up 21-14.

Earlier in the day, the annual Rose Parade extravaganza also drew hundreds of thousands of spectators as millions more watched

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