After a quiet first half, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce showed up in a big way for his team in the second half and overtime of Super Bowl LVIII against the San Francisco 49ers.
He was clutch on the game-winning drive in overtime, nearly ending the game himself when he was stopped just short of the goal-line on a first-down catch.
The Chiefs would punch it in one play later, a walk-off winner.
And the party was just getting started in Las Vegas as Kelce and others from the Chiefs joined quarterback and MVP Patrick Mahomes and coach Andy Reid on stage after the 25-22 overtime win. Kelce made sure of that.
“Chiefs Kingdom!” Kelce yelled. “Y’all hear this? We’ve been fighting for our right all day. How about a little Viva Las Vegas? Viva Las Vegas! Viva! Viva Las Vegas!”
As the crowd roared, Kelce seemed to get a bit more contemplative on what the moment truly meant.
After all, it was Kansas City’s second straight Super Bowl win, the first time in 20 years a team has accomplished that feat. And it was the third Super Bowl win in the last five years for the Chiefs.
That’s a huge amount of success in a short window of time.
For Kelce and his cohort, though, that was always the driving ambition behind this season. Nothing short of a Super Bowl would have sufficed.
“Well you know, the goal has always been to get three,” Kelce said. “But we couldn’t get here without getting to two and having that target on our back all year. And I love these guys right here. The men that we just won this thing with, family forever, baby. I couldn’t be more proud of you guys. And how about it, we get a chance to do it three times in a row. How do you get excited for that? You go party in Las Vegas and get back to it!”
Kelce finished the game with nine catches for 93 yards, leading the team in both categories. He might have broken the internet had he scored on that final catch in overtime, given his burgeoning relationship with music icon Taylor Swift and the immense popularity and viewership that has brought both.
The two were seen on the field enjoying a sweet embrace and a kiss after the game, knowing Travis Kelce is once again a Super Bowl champion.
All in all a good day’s work for the Kansas City Chiefs tight end.