Travis Kelce entered Monday night’s game with a lot of pressure as the Kansas City Chiefs look to get back on track after a bye week.
The only thing that stood between them was a rematch of Super Bowl XV against the Philadelphia Eagles. There was no better way for Kelsey to show up swinging amid the hustle and bustle of how to play while his girlfriend Taylor Swift wasn’t around to see him.
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Everything was supposed to be fine. Kelce visited during Swift’s bye week during her tour of Argentina. He received additional rest after the team’s win over the Miami Dolphins in Germany.
There was no question. Kelce made an impact early in the game. He made a touchdown catch with less than two minutes left in the first half, ending his no-touchdown drought. But he didn’t make his first target or catch until 8:26 left in the second quarter.
Then he became quiet.
He was asked to play in the fourth quarter. After he made the catch, the ball left his hands with a punch. On the Chiefs’ final drive, he followed up with a catch on fourth down after dropping a pass from Patrick Mahomes.
That was it.
Kelce had seven catches for 44 yards and a touchdown. He was targeted nine times. Kansas City lost to the Eagles 21-17.
The chatter surrounding Kelce’s play won’t get any quieter. Despite rumors that his parents were meeting, Swift did not attend on Monday night. Her parents also did not attend.
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The Swift effect will make your legs grow a little more. When Kelce was in the game, he had 34 catches for 432 yards and two touchdowns. In her last game in which she participated, Kelce had 12 catches for 179 yards and one touchdown. In that game, the Chiefs defeated the Los Angeles Chargers 31-17, but that was back on October 22nd.
On October 25, Chiefs coach Andy Reid, with his girlfriend present, commented on Kelce’s improved statistics.
“Taylor can be around as long as she wants,” he said last month.
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The international leg of Swift’s tour ends on November 26th. In theory, she would be free to follow Kelce and the Chiefs through the regular season. Her tour will not resume until February 7th in Tokyo.
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