The Kansas City Chiefs head to the Super Bowl again.
The dominant NFL team of recent years defeated the Baltimore Ravens 17-10 in Baltimore on Sunday, clinching the AFC championship trophy and securing the team’s fourth Super Bowl berth since 2020.
The Chiefs’ opponents in the Super Bowl on February 11 will be determined at the end of the day, when the NFC championship is decided between the Detroit Lions and the San Francisco 49ers. That game, broadcast on Fox, kicks off at 3:30 pm PT at the 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
The Chiefs’ run to Super Bowl LVIII this year received increased pop culture attention after news broke last fall that the team’s veteran tight end, Travis Kelce, is dating megastar Taylor Swift. Swift’s presence as a spectator at Chiefs games this season has generated enormous excitement around the league and promises to draw even more spectators to the Super Bowl, assuming Swift attends the big game at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The Super Bowl, which will air on CBS and its sister streamer Paramount+, is easily the most-watched television broadcast of the year in the US.
The Chiefs hope to achieve back-to-back Super Bowl victories after taking the NFL’s top prize in 2023, as well as 2020. Another victory for the team would mark the first such feat since the New England Patriots achieved it in 2004 (beating the Carolina Panthers) and 2005 (beating the Philadelphia Eagles). In 2021, the Chiefs lost the championship match 31-9 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In last year’s Super Bowl, the Chiefs defeated the Eagles 38-35; In 2020, the Chiefs defeated the 49ers 31-20.
Sunday’s AFC win bolsters the future Hall of Fame reputation of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who has transformed the team’s fortunes since joining the team in 2018.
Playing at home, the Ravens had been looking to clinch the team’s first Super Bowl berth since 2013. That year, Baltimore beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-41.
(Pictured: Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce during Sunday’s AFC championship game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore)