Millions of people across the world tuned in last night to watch the nail-biting Super Bowl game that saw the Kansas City Chiefs secure victory just minutes before the match ended.
Fans were kept on the edge of their seat throughout the NFL game, with many in the UK staying up into the early hours as they watched Taylor Swift chug beer from the stands as she celebrated her boyfriend Travis Kelce‘s win.
The Grammy winner was almost in tears as she watched the Chiefs win over the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 in Sin City, before sharing several kisses in front of dozens of cameras before lifting up the Lombardi Trophy together.
Cameras picked up a few words shared between America’s sweetheart couple, with Kelce asking the singer ‘was it electric?’ before she gushed ‘It was unbelievable. One of the craziest things I’ve ever experienced.’
Kelce later got up onto the stage as he sung a rendition of Viva Las Vegas into the microphone before screaming ‘you gotta fight for you right to party’, making the crowd go wild.
Earlier on in the night, however, it was looking uncertain which team would take the win. Shortly before half-time in Las Vegas, with his team trailing the opposition, Kelce screamed in the face of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. He nearly knocked the 65-year-old off his feet and had to be hauled away.
It was shocking and it threatened to become the defining image of a night when Kansas City unraveled and spurned a chance to make history.
The game unfolded in front of a star-studded crowd with Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney spotted chatting away in Swift’s £1.6million suite. Meanwhile American rapper Jay-Z took pictures of his daughters Blue Ivy and Rumi on the pitch before the game kicked off and he took his seat beside wife Beyonce.
Justin Bieber, who had been rumoured to appear as a guest singer during the half-time show, and his model wife Hailey were filmed dancing during Usher’s performance, while Leonardo DiCaprio, Lady Gaga and Lana Del Ray also enjoyed the day out.
Taylor Swift appeared almost in tears as she watched the Chiefs win over the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 in Sin City before sharing several kisses with her boyfriend Travis Kelce
He was also seen getting introducd to Travis Kelce’s brother, Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce (red and yellow overalls) in the suite
Fans marveled at Usher and Alicia Keys performance during the Super Bowl’s half-time show
Patrick Mahomes found Mecole Hardman open for a touchdown in OT to win a third Super Bowl in five seasons for the Chiefs
Taylor Swift and her friends celebrated alongside Donna Kelce and the rest of the Kelce family at Allegiant Stadium
Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid celebrates after winning his third Super Bowl with the team
Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney was seen in lively conversation with singer Taylor Swift as he sat in her £1.6millon suite as they watched the Kansas City Chiefs victory
Patrick Mahomes and Mecole Hardman celebrated with the other members of the Chiefs in the end zone after the touchdown
Mahomes finished the night with 333 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in a strong performance
That’s left the San Francisco 49ers on the short end of the stick having lost two straight Super Bowls – both to Kansas City
After a very slow start to the game, Travis Kelce finished with the most catches and led the team with 93 catching yards
Amid the crowd of people, Mahomes and Kelce found each other and celebrated with a hug on the field
Kansas City head coach Andy Reid and quarterback Patrick Mahomes hold aloft the Lombardi Trophy
As the ceremony began, Taylor Swift made her way down onto the field and watched as confetti rained down on her
She eventually found her man and in a tender moment, they embraced and kissed as Travis earned his third Super Bowl ring
Brits stayed up all through the night to watch the Super Bowl on TV. They reveled in the performances from R&B legend Usher and Alicia Keys during the half-time show
Swift (center) introduced Paul McCartney (left) to Travis Kelce’s dad Ed Kelce (right) inside a VIP suite at the Super Bowl on Sunday
Last night’s win marks the third time the Chiefs, led by Patrick Mahomes, have won the Super Bowl in five years.
Mahomes led his team to a 25-22 victory in Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas, collecting his third ring, after he threw the match-winning touchdown to Mecole Hardman Jr in overtime.
After the game he thanked his coach who he said ‘knows when to call those plays at the right time’.
Mahomes said: ‘He’s one of the best coaches of all time, I believe he is the best coach of all time.
‘I know he didn’t have the trophies yet, and I have a lot of respect for some of those great coaches, but the way he is able to navigate every single team he has, continue to have success no matter where he is at.
‘For me, he brings out the best in me because he lets me be me. He doesn’t try to make me anyone else, I don’t think I would be the quarterback that I am if I didn’t have coach Reid being my head coach.’
Down 19-16 with less than two minutes left, the quarterback took the game into his own hands and led his team downfield to give kicker Harrison Butker a chance at a 29-yard field goal with just six seconds left, which he converted, sending the game to overtime.
The 28-year-old continued to dominate the big moments in overtime, running the ball on fourth down to keep the game alive and give his team a set of new downs.
He finished with 333-passing yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner.
Travis Kelce had a moment of madness as he screamed at his coach Andy Reid in the second quarter of the Super Bowl
Kelce’s girlfriend Taylor Swift had raced back from Japan for the game but the Chiefs made an underwhelming start
Jake Moody scored a 55-yard kick to break the deadlock and put the 49ers ahead – then the longest in Super Bowl history
San Francisco had a trick up their sleeves with a double pass set up leading to WR Jauan Jennings throwing the ball
He found a wide open Christian McCaffrey – who scampered to the house for a touchdown to take a 10-0 lead
Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker was able to get some points on the board giving us a 10-3 score at halftime
Lining the way? A few desperate fans hoping to secure the hottest ticket in town – on gameday, the cheapest seat on one resale site cost $9,000 – and Jehovah’s Witnesses because this is Vegas and there’s no bad time for redemption. It was only a short walk from The Strip to the stadium.
Separating the Chiefs and immortality at kick-off? One more step. Reid, Mahomes, Kelce and Co set out on this long road – destination: Dynasty – in 2019, when they ended a 50-year wait for a second championship. The victims that day? San Francisco.
Shanahan’s players arrived here with vengeance on their mind. They began as slight betting favorites, they had more support in the stands, too. The message from the Chiefs, though, articulated by Chris Jones in a pre-game promo? ‘We ain’t done yet’. Tears streamed down the tackle’s face during the national anthem and then, a few minutes later, the ball fell out of Christian McCaffrey’s hands as Kansas City drew first blood.
Soon, though, San Francisco’s defense laid down some markers of its own – Chase Young sacked Mahomes, Nick Bosa and Co swarmed all over Kansas City -and the pattern of this Super Bowl was set. Two supreme defenses leaving road blocks at nearly every turn.
Across their first two drives, the defending champions were restricted to 16 yards and a solitary first down. San Francisco had more early joy but still needed a Super Bowl record field goal (55 yards) from Jake Moody to open the score in the second quarter.
The Chiefs looked primed to wipe that lead out instantly. Alas, after their offense sparked into life for the first spark time, Isiah Pacheco dropped the ball. And that proved too much for some: Kelce lost it after being taken out of a game in which the star tight end had managed just one yard and one reception. Swift, meanwhile, soon chugged her beer.
She ought to have raised a glass a few minutes later, Purdy found Jennings, who threw a daring lateral to McCaffrey in space. No one was going to stop him from here.
That score put San Francisco firmly in control but few know better than Shanahan about the fragility of leads in this game. In each of its past three Super Bowl wins – against the Eagles and 49ers (twice) – Kansas City has overturned a 10+ point deficit.
There was little sign of an impending comeback here as the Chiefs’ offense stuttered and Mahomes battled just to keep his head above water. A field goal from Harrison Butker – seconds before half-time – did bring the defending champions within a score before Usher’s 13-minute show gave the Chiefs a bit of extra time to gather themselves.
Later in the game, Moody’s record was broken by Harrison Butker, who kicked a 57-yard field goal in the third quarter
The 34-year-old Kelce, one of the star men for the Chiefs, had first looked cool and composed during the warm ups
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (center) gives a late Kansas City team talk with Kelce stood alongside him
Usher took over Allegiant Stadium for his halftime show and it was hugely popular with the crowd in Las Vegas
Swift was seen having a chat with fellow singer Lana Del Rey during a quieter moment at Allegiant Stadium
Rapper and musician Jay-Z was also in attendance watching on as the game unfolded below him
The Niners struggled to produce offensively throughout the third quarter – with three straight punts stalling them
A major turning point game when Ray-Ray McCloud (3) was unable to recover a muffed punt – turning the ball back to KC
Receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling was able to convert the Niners’ mistake into a touchdown to take the lead
San Francisco immediately returned the favor with a touchdown pass to Jauan Jennings to take a three-point lead
Speaking after the game Mahomes said he will celebrate and then ‘do whatever I can to be back in this game next year’. I think Tom (Brady) said it best, once you win that championship and you have those parades and you get those rings, you’re not the champ anymore.’
Chiefs coach Andy Reid said going back-to-back was ‘surreal’. ‘I got asked so many times it is a dynasty? I don’t know what a dynasty is,’ he said.
‘But it’s a great win because I know hard it is to do, and then how hard the season was, the ups and downs of the season, and how proud I am of the guys for hanging with each other, staying positive with each other. They’re passionate players and I love that.’
San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said the team is ‘hurting’.
‘If I am going to lose with a group of guys, I’d do it with those guys anytime and we’ll take some time, we’ll get over this and come back next year ready to go.
‘That was the toughest defence we have been against this year, we knew it going into the game, that is a good group. We had our chances and needed to score a couple of touchdowns and we didn’t but I was happy with (quarterback) Brock (Purdy).’
All night, Mahomes was hounded by San Francisco’s powerful pass rush – but he was able to battle through it for the most part
A final drive to try and win it in regulation fell just short of success with an incomplete pass to Travis Kelce with seconds left
The kickers did their jobs at the end of the game – with Butker kicking twice and Moody converting once to seal overtime
In OT, the Niners won the coin toss and elected to receive the ball to start the extra period
This miraculous catch by full back Kyle Juszczyk didn’t produce the necessary points to stave off elimination: only a field goal
The game ended on a 13 play, 75 yard drive with Mahomes finding Hardman and the Chiefs etching their names into history