The pop superstar joined her boyfriend, Chiefs star Travis Kelce, on the field following his team’s 25-22 overtime win at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas—planting a long kiss on the three-time Super Bowl winner in full view of the cameras.
Just moments earlier, she was spotted tightly clutching her friend, Blake Lively, as the Chiefs scored a last-second touchdown to go ahead in overtime—the culmination of a hotly contested game that saw a number of lead changes throughout.
It was the seventh longest game in the history of the National Football League, broadcast announcers said after the game concluded, and the Chiefs’ second-straight Super Bowl after last year’s win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Kansas City fought back after a slow start to take the win, trailing 10-6 after a crucial red-zone fumble by Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco midway through the second quarter.
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It was a mistake that led Kelce—who also happens to be Taylor Swift’s boyfriend—to unleash a furious tirade at Kansas City’s head coach, Andy Reid, apparently over his decision to take Kelce out of the game for a play.
Kelce seemed to think he could have prevented the fumble were he on the field—a play that turned the tides of the low-scoring game.
But the Chiefs redeemed themselves in the game’s second half, taking a 13-10 lead in the waning minutes of the third quarter when quarterback Patrick Mahomes connected with wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling in the endzone.
That lead was quickly overturned when the 49ers scored again just minutes later—though the Chiefs managed to block the team’s extra point, leaving them with a razor-thin 16-13 lead.
Kansas City equalized just moments later with a field goal.
Another pair of field goals kept the score tied at the end of regulation—propelling the game to overtime.
A field goal by San Francisco midway through the extra 15-minute period had Kansas City fans sweating, but quarterback Patrick Mahomes capped a last-second drive with a pass to Mecole Hardman for the walk-off touchdown.
Kelce has a heap of additional pressure on his shoulders after a historic season—and the millions of new fans he gained, both for himself and the sport as a whole, after his relationship with Swift was revealed last year.
Travis Kelce looked less than enthused pic.twitter.com/yncKhjtNl4
— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) February 12, 2024
Online sleuths and superfans tracked her journey every step of the way, with paparazzi staking out airports in Japan and the United States in an attempt to get a shot of her boarding and disembarking her private jet—though her security detail hid her from view with a blue umbrella after she disembarked at Los Angeles International Airport. Swift made the final leg of her globe-spanning journey by getaway car, arriving at the stadium just after 4 p.m.
She was flanked by famous friends Blake Lively and Ice Spice, the latter of which she was spotted introducing to Jason Kelce, Travis’ brother. Also in the entourage were Swift’s mom, Andrea, and friend Ashley Avignone, a fashion designer. Swift, Avignone, Lively, and Ice Spice were seen coolly strolling into the Las Vegas stadium as a posse on Sunday afternoon.
Taylor Swift has arrived at Allegiant Stadium for Super Bowl LVIII. pic.twitter.com/dYGYpt2dQ0
— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) February 11, 2024
Swift wore an all-black ensemble, including a bomber jacket made by veteran sports reporter Erin Andrews’ fashion brand WEAR, according to People.
“Well, I know who my best dressed is today!" Andrews wrote on her Instagram story. “#Grateful.”
The singer was also sporting a bejeweled necklace with an “87” Pendant—which also happens to be Travis Kelce’s number.
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Swift could be seen taking in the game from a private box alongside both her family and the Kelces—which apparently cost over $1 million, paid for in total by Travis Kelce.
Social media videos showed Swift and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in what appeared to be a deep conversation; Swift could be seen nodding as Goodell talks directly to her.
In another video, Swift can be seen alongside her father, Scott, talking with Kylie Kelce, a hockey player and the wife of Kelce’s brother, Jason.
— Taylor Swift Updates (@SwiftNYC) February 11, 2024