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Who Won Sunday Night Football? Taylor Swift. Oh, Plus The Chiefs & Travis Kelce.
This week's Sunday Night Football game was a star-studded affair on and off the field.
Sporting events and celebrities have gone hand-in-hand for a long time, and that's especially true of games that take place in star-packed cities like New York and Los Angeles. Even by those standards, though, last night's Sunday Night Football game felt like a particularly star-studded affair, and that's before you factor in stars on the field like Patrick Mahomes.
A week ago, the internet basically exploded when no less a superstar than Taylor Swift herself showed up in Kansas City to attend a Chief game after reports romantically linked her to the team's star tight end, Travis Kelce. Swift basically confirmed the reports with her attendance, hanging out with Kelce's mom during the game and eventually leaving with Kelce, Kansas City's most reliable and most beloved receiver. It was a big deal, inspiring memes and mainstream news reports with equal fervor, and of course it led fans to wonder: Would Swift do it again?
Sunday night, we got our answer.
Taylor Swift and Friends Packed the Stands During Sunday Night Football
Swift showed up again to support Kelce during Sunday Night Football last night, hanging out in luxury stands in New York to watch the Chiefs face the Jets, and once again embracing Kelce's mother Donna (who'd already watched her son Jason win with the Philadelphia Eagles earlier in the day) during the game. But Swift wasn't alone, and we don't just mean she had security. The Eras Tour icon attended the game with a big group of fellow stars that included Sophie Turner, Blake Lively, Robyn Lively, Ryan Reynolds, and Hugh Jackman. It was such a big deal that NBC even recruited The Voice host Carson Daly to explain the game to Swifies prior to kickoff, using Swift song titles to describe the matchup between the rolling Chief and the struggling Jets.
And even without Swift's presence, which the Sunday Night Football broadcast team referenced frequently, it turned out to be a very entertaining game. Coming off two straight losses and still grappling with the Week One injury to their would-be star quarterback, Aaron Rodgers (who chilled alone in his own box during the game), the Jets were determined to give the Super Bowl Champion Chiefs a fight. After struggling early, quarterback Zach Wilson managed to marshal a comeback in the second half, with help from the Jets defense who did some scoring of their own, leading to a 20-20 tie with just minutes left. In the end, though, Mahomes, Kelce, and the Chiefs held on, defeating the Jets 23-20 and improving to 3-1, while the Jets fell to 1-3. As the Sunday Night Football team pointed out, that means that the Chiefs are now 2-0 when Taylor Swift is in attendance.
Next Sunday, the Chiefs will head to Minneapolis to try and keep their winning streak alive against the 1-3 Vikings. There's no word yet on whether or not Swift will show up for that game, but it's not the only matchup to keep your eye on next week.
How to Watch Sunday Night Football
The Sunday Night Football crew will head to San Francisco for Week 5 to cover a crucial NFC showdown between the undefeated 49ers and the 3-1 Cowboys, in what could be a preview of a major playoff matchup late in the season. Can the Cowboys defense show up against the high-powered 49ers offense? Will the Cowboys offense stand up against that powerful 49ers defensive front? Find out next week on Sunday Night Football!
Sunday Night Football is available to watch live on NBC, either through your cable or satellite provider or with an over-the-air antenna. The game will also stream live on Peacock for subscribers from anywhere. The pregame show for the game will begin at 7 p.m. ET, followed by kickoff at 8:20 p.m. ET. So get your snacks ready, make sure the couch is comfy, and mark your calendars for Sunday Night Football.