The most anticipated Super Bowl in history is underway, with the Kansas City Chiefs taking on the San Francisco 49ers in front of Taylor Swift and hundreds of other A-list celebrities in Las Vegas, and the rest of the world watching!
The action began at Allegiant Stadium shortly before 7 pm EST (4 pm local time) after country music icon Reba McEntire sang the national anthem.
Swift had madly returned from Japan for the game after playing four nights in a row on her Eras Tour in Tokyo. She joins her in a suite (her boyfriend Travis is believed to have paid her a million dollars) with the rest of the Kelce family, her own mom and dad, and her friends Ice Spice. and Blake Lively.
She was seen giving Kelce’s older brother Jason a hug as they reunited and he later introduced himself to American rapper Ice Spice, scenes NFL fans would never have thought possible when the season began in September.
The Chiefs won the toss before kickoff and postponed it, so the 49ers started with the ball in the battle for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Taylor Swift returned from Japan to cheer on Travis Kelce and the Kansas City Chiefs at the Super Bowl in Las Vegas.
Swift returned to take her place in the $1 million Kelce family suite with her team and family one row behind.
Kelce, 34, one of the Chiefs’ star men, looked typically calm and collected during warmups.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (center) gives a late talk to the Kansas City team with Kelce by his side.
For Travis and the Chiefs, the game that finally began draws a line after two weeks of intense preparation, where the tight end in particular faced a new wave of attention due to his girlfriend.
A Kansas City victory would see the team join a unique club of back-to-back Super Bowl winners, but there’s also history at stake for San Francisco.
If they win tonight, they will join the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers for a record six Super Bowl titles.
But it was a nervous start by one of the 49ers’ stars, Christian McCaffrey, Olivia Culpo’s teammate, as he recorded his first fumble since Week 7, a three-and-a-half-month stretch.
Brittany Mahomes, the wife of Chiefs quarterback Patrick, took the field before kickoff with her children.
Rapper Jay-Z was on the field at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas in the lead-up to the game between the Chiefs and 49ers.
The Swifties still arrived at the stadium for the biggest night on the American sports calendar.
While there is a lot of attention on the Chiefs, the 49ers could seal a record-tying sixth Super Bowl with a win.