The Kansas City Chiefs had been riding high, securing six consecutive victories after their season-opening loss to the Detroit Lions.
Their confidence was high heading into the game against the Denver Broncos, a team that had not beaten them in 16 straight encounters.
The matchup piqued the interest of NFL fans, especially with the defending Super Bowl champions and star players Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce in the spotlight.
However, following the Chiefs’ lackluster performance, many couldn’t help but draw a connection between their underwhelming showing and the absence of Taylor Swift.
Swift, who has been known to attend some Kansas City games since her relationship with Kelce became public, has become a noticeable presence during these games.
One common observation has been that Kelce seems to perform better and the team tends to win when she’s there.
Naturally, with the Chiefs’ loss in Swift’s absence, fans were quick to make the association.
Travis Kelce without Taylor Swift in the stands pic.twitter.com/MSAlMgwF2W— 𝕭ron (Parody) (@cookedbylegoat) October 29, 2023
Unfortunately for the Chiefs, the expected victory did not materialize, as the inspired Broncos managed to secure a 24-9 win over Kansas City.
Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson, who had faced criticism after leaving the Seattle Seahawks for Denver, silenced his critics by throwing three touchdown passes without an interception.
Wilson received support from running back Javonte Williams, who carried the ball 27 times for 85 yards.
The Broncos’ defense was a relentless force, recording two interceptions and recovering three fumbles.
Safety Justin Simmons led the charge with two tackles, an interception, a fumble recovery, and a pass defended.
Patrick Mahomes had a challenging day, completing 24 of 38 passes for 241 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns.
Travis Kelce, while leading the Chiefs in receiving, was limited to six receptions for 58 yards.
It’s worth speculating whether Kelce might have had a more productive day if the pop superstar had been in a luxury suite cheering him on.