The Kansas City Chiefs win their second straight Super Bowl against the 49ers
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The Kansas City Chiefs win their second straight Super Bowl against the 49ers

The Kansas City Chiefs won the 2024 Super Bowl (25 to 22) on Sunday in overtime against the San Francisco 49ers, to the delight of pop star Taylor Swift, present in the stands. The franchise thus retains its trophy.

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And three wins in five years! The Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl (25 to 22) in overtime against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, February 11 in Las Vegas.

The big NFL final offered intense excitement, for a final victory for the Chiefs, the third in five years after 2020, already against the 49ers, and 2023. This is the first time a franchise has retained its trophy since the New England Patriots in 2004.

Star quarterback Patrick Mahomes (age 28) thus wins his third title. In his position, only Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw and Troy Aikman have lifted the Vince Lombardi Trophy at least three times.

On the field, the defense took precedence over the offense during an extremely close game, continuing into overtime after a 19-19 tie at the end of four regular quarters.

The 49ers had struck first with a McCaffrey touchdown, and led 10-3 at halftime, when American crooner Usher ignited the stadium by revisiting his hits with a show of slick choreography.

The Chiefs came back in the 3rd quarter, then tied it on the foot three seconds from time to snap overtime.

Taylor Swift and Beyoncé steal the spotlight from Usher

Regularly shown by the broadcaster’s cameras, singer Taylor Swift was present in the stands at Allegiant Stadium (65,000) to cheer on her boyfriend, the charismatic Chiefs player Travis Kelce. Their romance has moved the already almighty NFL into another dimension for months, capitalizing on Taylor Swift’s phenomenal notoriety.

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The 34-year-old star jumped on a jet straight after a concert in Tokyo on Saturday night, from his lucrative ‘Eras ​​Tour’, to reach the Games City, where the Super Bowl was played for the first time.

The pop star almost overshadowed the halftime show. American crooner Usher gave an effective performance, like the charismatic performer that he is, very much influenced by the mythology of Las Vegas.

Revue dancers, acrobats, stilt walkers, fake croupiers and even pole dancers accompanied him during this medley-style concert that traditionally marks halftime of the Super Bowl, the NFL championship final.

Usher Raymond IV, his full name, spared no effort, exploiting the qualities of a dancer that contributed to his popularity.

One by one, he listed the titles that have marked his career, with nine number one hits in the US and more than 75 million albums sold worldwide. “Yeah!”, “Love In This Club” and “Burn” reverberated through Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, where Usher was artist-in-residence from July 2022 to December 2023.

Followed by artist HER and rapper Ludacris, singer Alicia Keys briefly joined him on stage to perform their duet “My Boo”, another number one on the US charts.

Fanfare, outfit changes, hip-swinging galore, Usher gave it his all on Sunday to thrill the 60,000 spectators in attendance, including Beyoncé, Jay-Z, basketball player LeBron James.

Usher was also replaced by Beyoncé, who posted a short film on her Instagram account at the exact moment of the halftime show, announcing what appears to be new music, due for release on March 29. The short video shows a woman who appears to be Beyoncé, driving a taxi in the middle of arid landscapes, to a background of music with country accents.

With AFP

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