The AFC Divisional playoff matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills lived up to its hype as an instant classic, with the lead changing hands several times before the Chiefs ultimately prevailed 38-35 on a last-second field goal.
But the on-field action wasn’t the only storyline, as Eagles center Jason Kelce stole the show by wildly celebrating his brother Travis Kelce’s key touchdowns while partying shirtless with Bills Mafia. Even pop star Taylor Swift got involved, cheering on Travis from a suite while making hearthands gestures at him after he scored.
Shirtless Jason Kelce Chugs Beers with Bills Fans After Travis Kelce TD
The Kelce brothers have become famous for their exuberant touchdown rituals whenever one of them reaches the endzone. As the older brother by 7 years, Jason usually initiates the celebrations, typically removing his shirt and dancing while holding beers.
So when Travis caught a 22-yard touchdown from Patrick Mahomes in the second quarter to put the Chiefs up 14-10, Jason was ready to bring the ruckus. He excitedly ripped his shirt off and began shotgunning beers with delighted Bills fans while screaming at the top of his lungs.
“Jason just became an honorary member of Bills Mafia for life,” said longtime fan Tim Dunn. “I’ve never seen anyone celebrate an opponent’s touchdown like that. He was hyped.”
Jason’s energetic display quickly went viral on social media, with fans cracking up at the viral video. He continued the party throughout the rest of the game, drawing almost as much screen time as the players themselves.
“You’ve got to admire his passion,” said NFL commentator Tony Romo. “It’s easy to have that energy when your own team scores. But when it’s your brother, I guess the familial bonds bring out even more euphoria.”
Travis Kelce Pays Tribute to Taylor Swift After Another TD
Jason’s shining moment followed an earlier viral clip featuring Travis and pop superstar Taylor Swift. The global celebrity, known to be a Bills fan, showed up in Buffalo to support her favorite team and watched the game intently from a luxury suite.
After Travis hauled in a 7-yard pass from Mahomes to give KC an early 7-0 advantage, he thrilled Swift by making a heart symbol with his hands, mimicking one of her signature gestures. The homage to Swift, with whom Travis has struck up a friendship over the years, sparked an elated reaction from fans on social media.
“Travis is clearly trying to get Taylor’s attention, and I think it’s adorable,” said entertainment journalist Cindy Wells. “Maybe this touchdown tribute will turn their acquaintance into a real romance.”
Swift also approved, as she was spotted smiling and cheering for Travis after the play.
“That was a pretty iconic moment,” Mahomes said at his postgame press conference. “I’m glad I could connect with Travis to make the touchdown, and what he did with the celebration was legendary. I know Taylor reached out to him after to say how much she loved it.”
Chiefs Ultimatley Prevail After Frantic 4th Quarter
The Chiefs had built a 21-10 halftime lead behind the Kelce fireworks. But Buffalo roared back in the second half, leaning on a ravenous defense and the gunslinging of Josh Allen to take a 24-21 edge by the end of the third quarter.
The fourth quarter saw several lead changes. Allen found Gabe Davis for an electrifying go-ahead touchdown to put Buffalo up 28-27. But Mahomes responded with a scoring drive capped by a Isiah Pacheco TD run.
Allen then orchestrated another lightning strike with a long scoring pass to Stefon Diggs, retaking the lead at 35-34 with just 1:28 remaining, leaving Mahomes little time for a response.
But the masterful young quarterback calmly led KC into field goal range, setting up Harrison Butker’s clutch 45-yard kick as time expired to complete an instant playoff masterpiece.
“It was a privilege to be part of a game like that,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “Big time players made big plays on both sides. Luckily we made one more than them at the end.”
Allen was left lamenting what might have been.
“It hurts to lose one like this,” he said somberly. “We had our chances but just didn’t finish it off.”
What This Result Means Going Forward
With the win, the Chiefs now advance to their 5th straight AFC Championship game, looking to make the Super Bowl for the 3rd time in 4 seasons. They will face the winner of the Bengals-Jaguars game.
If Cincinnati wins, it sets up a rematch of last year’s conference title game won by the Bengals on a walkoff field goal. Kansas City would be hungry for revenge on their home field while seeking a return to the big game.
But if upstart Jacksonville springs the road upset over the Bengals, the neutral site Championship game in Las Vegas could see the Chiefs installed as sizeable favorites. Still, coach Reid knows better than to overlook any foe, especially with dynamic quarterback Trevor Lawrence leading the Jaguars.
As this instant classic recedes into history, fans will remember the dueling QBs making big throws left and right. They’ll recall the Kelce brotherly love and Travis serenading Taylor. But most of all, they’ll never forget a shirtless, beer-soaked Jason freaking out after his little brother made play after play to lift KC into the AFC driver’s seat once again.
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