Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce has noted more than once that their competing schedules mean he’s rarely able to watch his brother, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, take the field. But with the Eagles’ season at its end, he and wife Kylie Kelce were free to be at Sunday’s AFC playoffs, in which the Chiefs faced off against the Buffalo Bills.
Also in attendance is Travis’s girlfriend, Taylor Swift, fresh off a defense of the relationship from Chiefs owner Clark Hunt. Though various football pundits have been critical of the pairing, Hunt is apparently on Team Swelce.
“We’re so happy for Travis Kelce and Taylor in their relationship,” Hunt said on CNBC show Mad Money. “When they were just starting off dating, there were a lot of people saying, ‘Oh, it’s a marketing stunt.’ But no, it’s very real. And as I said, the most important thing is we’re happy for the two of them.”
Swift rolled into the stadium at around 5 p.m. Sunday, as the day’s temperature hit a high of 24 degrees Fahrenheit. This time around, the singer was clad in high black boots, black pants, a red beanie, and a short, white jacket fans pegged as part of Gant’s Blank Canvas Varsity Jacket collection, specifically the entry designed by Kilo Kish. Surrounded by security and law enforcement, Swift was swiftly hustled indoors, but not before blowing a kiss to the crowd.
Once inside, she joined Jason in one of Highmark’s suites. The elder Kelce also wore red, in his case, a t-shirt emblazoned with the phrase “Big Yeti,” one of his brother’s nicknames. It appeared to be an uneventful arrival, despite efforts by some pundits to suggest some sort of misery between Swift and the Philly Kelces.
Another person hoping for their misery—and for Hunt’s misery, too—is Bills fan/CNN reporter Harry Enten. Enten’s also the host of the network’s Margins of Error podcast, which you’d think might give him some affection toward the Kelces, both of whom record a podcast called New Heights. But that podcasting commonality isn’t enough for Enten, it appears, as he told his CNN colleague, Anderson Cooper, that he’s hoping for a Chiefs loss, a failure so brutal that the singer will be left in tears.
“I will note the Bills have already beaten the Chiefs in Kansas City when Taylor Swift showed up,” Enten said on Cooper’s show, Anderson Cooper 360. “So while I do enjoy Taylor Swift’s music, as I know you do—we’re both Swifties at heart—I’m hoping she’s probably crying at the end of Sunday because that’ll mean my Buffalo Bills have won.”
Of course, there are other reasons Swift might be crying by the end of the day. What if, for example, Kylie and Jason order the two-foot-long box of waffle fries named in Swift’s honor and then refuse to share? What if Swift orders the Karma Quesadilla then accidentally drips its cilantro ranch all over her bright, white jacket? If there’s one thing Swift has taught us, it’s that the world offers infinite reasons to cry. It’s what we do after we’ve dried our tears that counts.
The Kansas City Chiefs will kick off against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 21. The game will be broadcast live on CBS and streamed via Paramount+. The winner of Sunday’s game will play against the Baltimore Ravens for the AFC Championship on January 28 at 3:00 p.m. ET.