Baby, let the games begin.
The Kansas City Chiefs overcame a mid-season dip in performance and survived the postseason to make it to the AFC Championship against the Baltimore Ravens on Jan. 28.
The Chiefs defeated the Ravens 17-10.
It's the type of journey football fans know all too well, but this season, the team gained some new supporters: Swifties.
After Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce debuted their relationship at the Sept. 24 Chiefs-Bears game, it sent shockwaves through the combined music and football fandoms. Swifties started learning the rules of football, and sports broadcasters dedicated time on air to discussing the singer's discography.
The singer was in Baltimore to cheer on the Chiefs and celebrated on the field with her boyfriend after his team secured their place in the 2024 Super Bowl, for the fourth time in five years.
Here's what happened.
The Chiefs will take on the San Francisco 49ers in the 2024 Super Bowl
The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Detroit Lions in the NFC Championship game 34-31.
While the Lions had a 17-point lead at half, the 49ers recovered with successive touchdowns. It came down to an onside kick attempt by the Lions with less than a minute go. The 49ers recovered the football and were able to run out the clock.
The 49ers and the Chiefs met at the 2020 Super Bowl, which the Chiefs won 31-20.
Could Taylor Swift go the Super Bowl?
The Kansas City Chiefs are going to the Super Bowl. But the championship game could raise a schedule conflict for one of the team’s most famous fans.
The final game of the NFL season is set just days after Swift resumes her “Eras Tour” after more than two months off.
The Super Bowl is set for Feb. 11 in Las Vegas. On Feb. 10, Swift will be performing in Tokyo, Japan, for the international leg of her “Eras Tour.”
So, is it even possible for her to attend?
Factoring in a private jet and the time change between Tokyo and Las Vegas, yes, it’s possible Swift could take the roughly 12-hour flight after the show and make it to Las Vegas well before kickoff at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Jason Kelce joins his brother Travis on the field after victory
Travis Kelce was surrounded by his girlfriend, Taylor Swift, and his brother, Jason Kelce, to celebrate advancing to the Super Bowl.
Jason and Travis Kelce shared a hug center field. The Philadelphia Eagles center had a simple message for his brother: "Finish it. Finish this."
"I love you so much," Jason Kelce added.
Taylor Swift joins Travis Kelce on the field to celebrate AFC Championship title
Taylor Swift joined her boyfriend Travis Kelce at the center of the field after the Chiefs defeated the Ravens to clinch the AFC Championship and advance to the Super Bowl.
The couple kissed and shared a hug in celebration.
Chiefs advance to the 2024 Super Bowl for the 4th time in 5 years
The Chiefs secured their 4th AFC Championship title Jan. 28. The team also won in 2020, 2021 and 2023.
Chiefs win with a final score of 17-10
After a scoreless second half for the Chiefs, the team defeated the Baltimore Ravens after a series of turnovers.
The Chiefs will advance to the Super Bowl Feb. 11 in Las Vegas. They will face the winner of the NFC Championship, either the San Francisco 49ers or the Detroit Lions.
Ravens score a field goal
With less than three minutes to go in the fourth quarter, the Ravens scored the first points of the second half with a field goal. The score is now 17-10.
Ravens throw interception in the end zone, losing another scoring opportunity
Just minutes after a game-shifting fumble in front of the end zone, the Ravens lost another touchdown opportunity by throwing an interception into the Chiefs end zone.
With six minutes to go in the fourth quarter, the score remains the same as it was at half, 17-7.
Video of Taylor Swift appearing to react to coverage of her goes viral
Fans are trying to decipher what Taylor Swift might have said after the Chiefs-Ravens game broadcast panned to her.
In video feed from the game, Swift is watching from the suite before looking up and focusing on something above her. Meanwhile, CBS announcers discuss Swift and her upcoming nominations at the 2024 Grammy Awards.
Before the camera turns away, Swift appears to say something, and online, fans are split between, "Go away, please," and "Oh, the Grammys."
Some NFL fans have complained that game broadcasts pan to Swift too often, but the singer has previously shook it off.
“I’m just there to support Travis,” she told Time in December for her 2023 Person of the Year cover. “I have no awareness of if I’m being shown too much and pissing off a few dads, Brads, and Chads."
Ravens fumble the football inches from the end zone
Just inches from a touchdown, the Ravens fumbled the football in the fourth quarter giving Chiefs possession of the ball as they maintain their 17-7 lead from the half.
Travis Kelce's 'Big Yeti' nickname, explained
Jason Kelce is back cheering on his brother at the Chiefs-Ravens AFC Championship game. The Eagles center so far has kept his shirt on, which reads "Big Yeti."
The brothers previously explained the nickname on their "New Heights" podcast and said it originated when Travis Kelce would play basketball shirtless at the University of Cincinnati.
“I had the big beard. I had the long hair. I had the chest hair, back hair, arm hair, leg hair. I was just a big ole Yeti out there, man," Travis Kelce said in 2022.
Chiefs score field goal to strengthen lead over the Ravens
The score is now 17-7.
Is Jason Kelce at the Chiefs-Ravens game?
Taylor Swift has been spotted several times during the AFC Championship so far, but now fans online are wondering: Where's Travis Kelce's brother, Jason?
"Was hoping to see the full Jason Kelce Experience in the box again this week," one user wrote on X, after the Philadelphia Eagles player stole the show last week by cheering shirtless in Buffalo.
The center does appear to be at the game, based on photos shared to social media. But neither Jason nor Donna Kelce have been spotted with Swift so far during the game.
Quinton Lucas, the mayor of Kansas City, posted a picture with Jason Kelce, who was once again wearing a red and yellow "Big Yeti" shirt, one of his brother's nicknames.
"We ready!" Lucas captioned the pic.
Who's with Taylor Swift in the suite at the Chiefs-Ravens game?
Taylor Swift has previously watched Chiefs games with a veritable crew of celebrity friends.
At the Chiefs-Ravens matchup, Swift was again joined by actor and model Cara Delevingne as well as Keleigh Teller, the wife of Miles Teller.
Delevingne joined Swift in Buffalo for the Chiefs-Bills playoff game, with the Chiefs won 27-24. Teller served as Swift's date at the 2024 Golden Globe Awards, where the singer's "Eras Tour" concert film was nominated for the cinematic and box office achievement award.
Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson catches his own pass after near interception
Lamar Jackson's pass was nearly intercepted when the ball was tipped by a Chiefs defensive player.
But the MVP favorite quarterback ran to the ball and caught his own pass in an exciting play, avoiding a turnover while the Ravens lag behind the Chiefs, 14-7.
Travis Kelce breaks major NFL playoff record
Travis Kelce hit a milestone during the second quarter of the Chiefs-Ravens game. The tight end officially tied the NFL record for postseason catches before making his seventh reception of the game and surpassing it.
Three-time Super Bowl champ Jerry Rice previously held the record with 151 receptions in the NFL playoffs.
Isiah Pacheco rushes into end zone for Chiefs touchdown
After finishing the first quarter tied, the Chiefs add 7 points with a rushing touchdown by running back Isiah Pacheco. The score is now 14-7.
Ravens return Travis Kelce's touchdown with a score of their own
The Ravens quickly evened the score 7-7 in the first quarter with a touchdown by wide receiver Zay Flowers.
The Ravens celebrated the score with a swag surf, a celebratory dance based on the 2009 song “Swag Surfin’” by Fast Life Yungstaz. After the song came out, swag surfs became traditions at HBCUs before appearing to go mainstream around 2017, according to HBCU Gameday.
The dance made headlines earlier this month after Taylor Swift and Chiefs fans celebrated with a stadium-wide swag surf during the Chiefs-Dolphins playoff game.
Let the games begin
The AFC Championship game between the Chiefs and Ravens is officially underway.
The Chiefs won the coin toss, and the Ravens will have the first possession.
Baltimore native Michael Phelps attends Chiefs-Ravens game
Phelps and his wife, Nicole, welcomed their fourth child, a son, earlier this month.
Taylor Swift arrives to the AFC Championship with Brittany Mahomes
Taylor Swift has arrived to the Chiefs-Ravens matchup, alongside friend Brittany Mahomes, the wife of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Swift is wearing a black jacket and a red shirt, while Brittany Mahomes wore a jacket with a 1 and 5 on each lapel for her husband's jersey number.
Fans gathered for Swift's arrival, and one young Swiftie held up a sign that read, "Taylor, I'm enchanted to meet you."
Donna Kelce has arrived!
The famous NFL mom of Travis and Jason Kelce has arrived at M&T Bank Stadium for the Chiefs-Ravens matchup.
"No need to fear, Mama's here!" the Chiefs captioned a picture of her on X.
Senior Swifties show off their swag surf for the Chiefs, give Baltimore recommendations
Taylor Swift fans at the Primrose Retirement Community in Sedalia, Missouri, recently went viral for their performance of a swag surf.
The "Silver Swifties" shared a video of their routine ahead of the Jan. 21 Chiefs-Bills playoff game. In the video, the residents wore Chiefs gear, held signs and performed their rendition of the popular stadium dance, which Swift herself went viral for earlier this year.
Then, ahead of the Chiefs-Ravens matchup, a senior living community in Maryland shared Baltimore recommendations for Swift in the event she travels for the championship game.
"Taylor Swift, welcome to our great city of Baltimore, there is much for you to do and to see here... Go Ravens!" a resident of Brightview White Marsh said in a TikTok video, before they shared recommendations for restaurants, activities and more.
Ravens coach shakes off Taylor Swift hype
Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked about Taylor Swift at a press conference ahead of the AFC Championship on Jan. 22. Harbaugh laughed it off and said it's far from his focus.
“No, I haven’t been distracted by that at all. Hasn’t really crossed my mind at all. I can’t say it has,” Harbaugh said, before joking that he's "got some Taylor Swift songs in my phone."
The Ravens, who clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC back in December, haven't played the Chiefs in the playoffs in more than a decade, according to NBC Sports.
The game brings a major matchup between the Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes and the Ravens' Lamar Jackson, two of the best quarterbacks in the league. While Mahomes is the reigning Super Bowl champ, Jackson is a finalist — and favorite — to win MVP this year, per ESPN.
Travis Kelce channeled his ‘Reputation’ era with his arrival in Baltimore
Travis Kelce and the Kansas City Chiefs arrived in Baltimore Jan. 27 ahead of Sunday's AFC Championship game.
Kelce and his teammates were filmed getting off the plane in their game day fits, with the tight end wearing all black, from his beanie to his suit.
"he’s on his way to announce rep tv," one fan responded to the Chiefs' video, referring to Taylor Swift's highly anticipated re-recording of her sixth studio album, "Reputation," often associated with the colors black and green and snake imagery.
The Chiefs leaned into the "Reputation" connection by posting a video of Kelce, aka @killatrav on Instagram, arriving to the game with a caption featuring lyrics from Swift's song, "...Ready For It?"
"Knew he was a Killa first time that we saw him," the team wrote on X.
Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift's relationship timeline: A refresher
Swifties likely remember Sept. 24 as the day the love story between Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and singer Taylor Swift took off.
It wasn't until months later, in Swift's Time magazine cover story as 2023 Person of the Year, that fans learned the true timeline of their relationship.
It all started when Kelce discussed attending one of Swift's "Eras Tour" concerts in Kansas City on his podcast, "New Heights," back in July. The tight end revealed that he tried to meet the singer and even make a move on her — by giving her a friendship bracelet with his phone number on it.
Swift revealed in December that they "started hanging out right after that." While rumors about a potential romance swirled for months, it wasn't until the Chiefs-Bears game in September that they were publicly linked.
"By the time I went to that first game, we were a couple. I think some people think that they saw our first date at that game? We would never be psychotic enough to hard-launch a first date," Swift told Time.
As for what happened next? Click here for an extremely detailed breakdown of the relationship between Swift and Kelce.
How to watch the AFC Championship, featuring the Chiefs and Ravens
The Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens have made it to the AFC Championship, the last game keeping either team from a coveted spot in the 2024 Super Bowl, set for Feb. 11 in Las Vegas.
The AFC Championship game is set for a 3 p.m. ET kickoff on Jan. 28. The game will be broadcast on CBS and available to stream on Paramount +. The matchup will occur at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Due to the Ravens' status as the No. 1 seed in the conference, the team received home field advantage.
The AFC Championship will be immediately followed by the NFC Championship between the Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers at 6:30 p.m. on Fox.
Maddie Ellis is a weekend editor at TODAY Digital.