The match was sure to make the Americans hold their breath. But after several hours of confrontation, the Kansas City Chiefs reached the end of the suspense by beating the San Francisco 49ers 25 to 22 after overtime. For the first time organized in Las Vegas, the grand final of the National Football League (NFL), the American football league, crowned the Chiefs for the third time in five years. This is the first time that a franchise has retained its trophy since the New England Patriots in 2004. At the same time, another event took place in the stands: the explosion of joy from American superstar Taylor Swift, who came to support her grandson. friend, Travis Kelce, player on the victorious Kansas City Chiefs team.
“Amazing”, whispered the singer in the ear of her companion, on the pitch of the stadium after the meeting. Since the start of her romance with No. 87, Taylor Swift has shifted the already all-powerful NFL into another dimension for several months, thanks to her phenomenal notoriety. Currently on tour, the 34-year-old singer jumped on a jet straight after a concert in Tokyo on Saturday evening, for her lucrative “Eras tour”. An express trip that unleashed passions and criticism. “Super-rich celebrities like Taylor Swift are destroying our planet to the detriment of the entire world. Private jets are the most climate-destroying form of transportation and the height of climate injustice.notably estimated with the British daily The Independent Hannah Lawrence, Stay Groundedthe climate movement, which works to reduce air travel, particularly that carried out by private jets.
But Taylor Swift wasn’t the only celebrity to come out to the occasion, far from it. Among the approximately 65,000 supporters present at Allegiant Stadium, we saw basketball player LeBron James or singers Lana Del Rey and Beyoncé. The latter also had eyes on her, after having published on her Instagram account, at the very moment of the half-time show, a short film announcing what appears to be new songs, to be released on March 29.
A publication which has somewhat eclipsed the traditional halftime show, this time hosted by singer Usher. Revue dancers, acrobats, stilt walkers, fake croupiers and even pole dancers accompanied the latter during this medley-shaped concert which revisited his best songs with slick choreography.
On the field, it was quarterback Patrick Mahomes who was the most watched, as he won his third title, accompanied by a third MVP distinction (Most Valuable Player, or Best Player). This victory “is so important”, estimated the 28-year-old. “Despite our difficulties this season and during the play-offs, the guys never failed,” he added, before adding on the possible emerging “dynasty” of the Chiefs: “We’re not finished yet. We have a young team, we will continue to move forward.
The defenses instead took precedence over the attacks during an extremely close meeting, continued into overtime after a 19-19 tie at the end of four regulation quarters. The 49ers struck first with three points at the foot of Jake Moody then a touchdown from Christian McCaffrey (11th minute of the 2nd quarter), who showed his burst of speed, he the grandson of Dave Sime, vice-president. Olympic champion in the 100m at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games.
Trailing 10 to 3 at halftime, the Chiefs seemed tense, like Travis Kelce’s improbable shove on his coach Andy Reid, seeming frustrated by his low usage. “I have the best coach this sport has ever known,” admitted Kelce later while Andy Reid played appeasement after the meeting. “He was overcome with emotion today […] but I have five children and I know what it is. What I like is that he loves to play and wants to help his team win,” replied the latter.
But the number 87 then recovered well: he helped his team get closer to the goal with a decisive action at the end of regulation time, then allowing the Chiefs to snatch the equalizer with a kick by Harrison Butker three seconds from time. In overtime, the 49ers took control thanks to three points on the foot, but thus opened the door to the victorious touchdown (six points) from Mecole Hardman, perfectly found by Mahomes, exceptional at the end of the match. “The game perfectly represents our season. We held on thanks to our defense, before making some good offensive choices at decisive moments. I’m proud of us, that we continued to believe in it.” Mahomes said.