No, Taylor Swift’s relationship with Travis Kelce hasn’t caused the Kansas City Chiefs’ season to completely derail.
The pop star was again on hand at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, where the defending Super Bowl champions topped the Cincinnati Bengals, 25-17, to bounce back from their Christmas Day loss to the rival Las Vegas Raiders.
Kelce, though, was nearly a non-factor for Patrick Mahomes & Co., finishing the game with only three catches for 16 yards on four targets. He remains only a few yards short of his eighth consecutive 1,000-yard season.
For the 10-6 Chiefs, the win was significant. Not only does Kansas City win its eighth consecutive AFC West crown, but it comes after a miserable 3-8 stretch that threatened their entire season.
Naturally, many suggested that Swift was somehow to blame for distracting Kelce, and the Chiefs from the job at hand, but that wasn’t the case on Sunday as Kansas City came back to beat the Bengals, who fell to 8-8. Before the matchup, NFL analyst Jason Whitlock accused CBS Sports of following Swift around, instead of showing high-caliber games, like Ravens-Dolphins, on T.V.
Swift spent Sunday’s game in her customary suite, surrounded by the family and friends of Kelce’s Chiefs teammates, including the tight end’s mother, Donna.
And as has become a familiar scene at Arrowhead, fans brought signs in hopes of catching her attention.
One clever Chiefs supporter referred to the romantic couple as ‘T-N-T,’ writing that: ‘They’re Dynamite!’
Another young attendee wrote that she was ‘only here for Taylor.’