A look at how Kansas City Chiefs became America's favorites ahead of Super Bowl 2024

A look at how Kansas City Chiefs became America's favorites ahead of Super Bowl 2024
The Kansas City Chiefs will play against the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl LVIII (Getty Images)

Here's how Kansas City Chiefs became America's favorites ahead of Super Bowl LVIII

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - SEPTEMBER 10: Members of the Kansas City Chiefs stand united for with locked
Kansas City Chiefs are set to play the Super Bowl LVIII on February 11 (Getty Images)

The Kansas City Chiefs are undoubtedly having their dream run in the NFL as they are gearing up to face the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl LVIII, scheduled for February 11. As the defending champions, it is no small fact that the team, founded in 1959, will be playing their fourth Super Bowl in five years since 2019. Let's have a look at the contributing factors that have made Chiefs America's favorites ahead of Super Bowl LVIII. 

1. Kansas City Chiefs emerged as the championships of Super Bowl LVII

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 12: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates with the t
Fans of the Kansas City Chiefs were elated with their performance in the NFL Championships (Getty Images)

Under the firm guidance of Andy Reid, the Chiefs won two Super Bowls in less than five years. Following a 50-year wait after winning their first Super Bowl in 1969, the team lifted the coveted trophy again in 2019. However, they did not have to wait long to win their third Super Bowl as they again became the champion in 2022 by defeating the Philadelphia Eagles. The Chiefs also lifted the AFC championships back to back for four years from 2019 to 2023.

2. Travis Kelce

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JANUARY 19: Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts late in the ga
Travis Kelce is one of the major reasons for the Chiefs' stupendous popularity (Getty Images)

The Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce's fanbase grew bigger as the 34-year-old started dating the musical sensation Taylor Swift during the 2023 football season. His accomplishments are, however, even more stellar as he holds multiple NFL records, including the ones for the most consecutive 1,000-yard seasons with seven counts, most receiving yards in a season (1,416) and most playoff receiving touchdowns for a tight end with 19 counts.

3. Patrick Mahomes

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JANUARY 24: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts before the
Patrick Mahomes is set to become a key decider of the Kansas City Chiefs' fate in Super Bowl LVIII (Getty Images)

There's no doubt that quarterback Patrick Mahomes is one of the key players of the Chiefs. He has previously been named MVP during the team's wins in 2019 and 2022. Moreover, Mahomes became the first player since Kurt Warner to win both the NFL MVP Award and Super Bowl MVP Award in the same season after the Super Bowl LVII win against the Philadelphia Eagles.

4. The Chiefs became a favorite of the entertainment industry celebrities 

Hollywood favorite (Getty Images)
Taylor Swift was accompanied by several of her celebrity friends at the Chiefs games (Getty Images)

Kansas City Chiefs enjoyed massive support from celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, and Hugh Jackman, who often cheered for the team from the stands during the 2023 season. Others who were regulars at the Chiefs' games include Jason Sudeikis, Paul Rudd, Eric Stonestreet, Heidi Gardner, and Melissa Etheridge, among others.

5. Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce's whirlwind romance gave a boost to the Kansas City Chiefs' popularity (Getty Images)

Ever since Taylor Swift started attending the Chiefs' matches to watch her tight-end boyfriend, Travis Kelce, play, the overall support for the team has seen astronomical growth. Since her first visit to the Arrowhead Stadium to cheer for the first time on September 24, 2023, the pop star has been there for 12 matches to support her beau. The NFL and the media even made it a point to capture Swift's moves while she cheered for the Chiefs. Moreover, some have dubbed Super Bowl LVIII the "Taylor Swift Bowl" or "Swiftie Bowl" as the 'Lover' singer is anticipated to join her boyfriend at Nevada's Allegiant Stadium on February 11.

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