Sipping from a golden bottle of champagne, Travis Kelce led a raucous rendition of ‘We Are The Champions’ in the Kansas City Chiefs locker room as he celebrated the fairytale ending to an NFL season like no other.
Moments earlier, Kelce told reporters he felt “on top of the world” after winning a second straight Super Bowl and celebrating by kissing his girlfriend Taylor Swift on the field. The singer had rushed back to Las Vegas from Japan and participated in four consecutive Eras Tour shows, the last of which was on Saturday night, to cheer him up.
In the VIP suite, which Kelce reportedly paid $1 million for, she was joined by Blake Lively, rapper Ice Spice, parents Andrea and Scott, and Kelce’s family. Together, they endured the tension of one of the most dramatic Super Bowls in history, as the Chiefs cruised to a thrilling 25-22 overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
But as Kelce, 34, was photographed leading the celebrations in Sin City while his teammates went all out, you couldn’t forget how he almost was the villain of the piece when things didn’t go his team’s way in the first half in a thunderous Leal Stadium.
With the Chiefs’ offense faltering, Kelce was ejected from the field on a play by head coach Andy Reid, but with the end zone in sight, wide receiver Isiah Pacheco made a rare fumble and the 49ers regained possession of the ball. .
Travis Kelce was at the center of the party in the Chiefs locker room after winning the Super Bowl
The Chiefs star was even seen drinking from what appeared to be a golden bottle of champagne.
Kelce said he felt “on top of the world” while celebrating on a Las Vegas field with Taylor Swift.
And Kelce seemed to enjoy the celebrations with his team after the game.
Kelce and Swift kissed on the field after she ran back from Japan to cheer him on.
Kelce photographed returning to Chiefs locker room after exciting Super Bowl
However, Kelce could have been the villain when he pushed his coach Andy Reid, 65, in the first half.
This prompted a wild and angry response from Kelce, who lunged at his coach Reid, 65, and shoved him while he screamed in his face. Reid, caught off guard, nearly stumbled before Kelce was carried away by teammate Jerick McKinnon.
It was a bad look for Kelce, who has form for this kind of thing. When the Chiefs suffered a Christmas Day loss to the Las Vegas Radiers in Kansas City, Kelce appeared to shoulder Reid moments after hitting his helmet on the ground.
In the first half, Kelce had played, in his own words, like “a jabroni,” making one catch for one yard. His team went into halftime trailing by seven points.
But he returned to his electrifying best in the second and when the game went to overtime, Kelce finished with nine catches for 93 yards. With 16 seconds left in the game and the Chiefs trailing by three, Kelce went on a blistering 22-yard run to put his team in comfortable field goal range to clinch overtime.
His final catch set up the game-winning touchdown, with the imperious Patrick Mahomes finding Mecole Hardman to win the game. He made the Chiefs the first team to win consecutive Super Bowls since Tom Brady’s New England Patriots in 2003 and 2004.
Kelce then issued the challenge for his team to challenge for a third title next year, a feat never before accomplished in the NFL.
Speaking at the podium as the Chiefs claimed the Super Bowl trophy, Kelce told the crowd, “We get to do it three times in a row.” I’ll see you all next year.
Regarding the confrontation with Reid, Kelce wanted to downplay the incident.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes leaves the field after an all-time great performance.
After winning his third Super Bowl, Mahomes took a moment to reflect on his latest feat.
Kelce (second from left) and Reid celebrate after the Chiefs’ victory in overtime.
After the win, Kelce immediately talked about coming back and chasing a ‘three-peat’
‘Oh, did you guys see that?’ Kelce told CBS. ‘I’m going to keep that between us. She was just telling him how much she loved him.
It was a sentiment Kelce reaffirmed in his postgame press conference when reporters asked him about Reid.
“I have the best coach this game has ever seen,” he said. ‘It’s incredible and not just because we have everyone ready. One of the best leaders of men I have ever seen.
‘He has helped me a lot to channel that emotion, to channel that passion and I owe my entire career to that and how to control how emotional I get. I just want it.’
Reid was equally eager to bury the hatchet with Kelce, telling CBS, “He keeps me young.” He tested that hip. He caught me off balance; I normally hit him a little, but he didn’t have any feet under me.’
Kelce and Mahomes were soon filmed leaving Allegiant Stadium, where they are expected to party late into the night in Las Vegas.
“On top of the world right now, baby,” Kelce told reporters. “It’s a good feeling.”
Jerick McKinnon (No. 1) poses with a cigarette with Skyy Moore in the locker room
Kelce will return to Kansas City for the team’s victory parade, while Swift’s schedule from here is unclear: She will begin an Australian tour next weekend in Melbourne.
But the countryside scenes in Las Vegas would have been hardly believable when the season began in September and Swift and Kelce’s relationship was still under wraps.
They became public at a Chiefs game on September 24 when Kelce led his team to a resounding 41-10 victory over the Chicago Bears at Arrowhead Stadium.
Back then, under the scorching Kansas City sun, there was bold, fanciful talk of Kelce winning the Super Bowl again with the biggest star in the world cheering him on.
And yet now he has achieved it. A hat trick next? With Mahomes at his side, a coach who accepts his flaws and his prodigious talent and his off-field life going from strength to strength with Swift, it’s brave to bet against Kelce.