Swift was spotted enjoying the big game at New York’s MetLife Stadium on Oct. 1, cheering on Kelce and his teammates alongside A-list actors like Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, and Hugh Jackman, as well as singer Sabrina Carpenter and Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski.
Per the BBC, stadium screens displayed every major celebrity in attendance throughout the game — except for Swift, which is thought to have been a tactical move on the Jets’ part. (The NFL on the whole, however, is definitely pro-Swift: “Welcome to New York, it’s been waiting for you,” the official NFL account tweeted ahead of the game, referencing the singer’s 1989 hit.)
Regardless of any tactics the Jets may have tried, Kansas City Chiefs emerged victorious with a 23-20 win, though Kelce failed to score a touchdown.
As mentioned, Swift previously attended Kelce’s Sept. 24 game against the Chicago Bears, further fueling already-strong romance rumors. Her appearance also sparked a string of viral moments, including that “seemingly ranch” saga, and helped the game become that week’s most-watched telecast with a whopping 24.3 million viewers.
Days after the Sept. 24 game, Kelce finally opened up about the dating rumors on an episode of his New Heights podcast. “Shoutout to Taylor for pulling up,” the NFL tight end said of her appearance at the game. “I just thought it was awesome that everyone in the suite had nothing but great things to say about her, the friends and family,” he added. “She looked amazing. Everybody was talking about her in a great light.”
Speculation about Swift and Kelce began in July after he attended the Kansas City stop on her global Eras Tour, and revealed on his podcast that he’d hoped to give her his number at the event. A couple of months later, rumors swirled that Swift had been “quietly hanging out” with Kelce; People reported on Sept. 28 that the duo is “having fun” but are still getting to know each other.