Super Bowl 2024 Live Updates | 49ers vs. Chiefs predictions, Taylor Swift’s arrival and more

Last Updated: February 11, 2024 06:32 PM

Published: February 11, 2024 01:00 PM

The Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers are gearing up for a rare rematch in the 2024 Super Bowl. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. Eastern.

Here’s what we’re following:

Reba’s anthem could be over quick

Reba McEntire has been singing the “Star-Spangled Banner” for 50 years, including an anthem at the World Series.

But when she sings it at the Super Bowl in just a few minutes it will be for the biggest audience of her epic career. She said she’s got a few nerves, but if past performances are any indication, she could sing one of the quickest anthems in Super Bowl history.

Oddsmakers have put the over-under on her “Star-Spangled Banner” at 90.5 seconds. Last year Chris Stapleton went past the 2-minute mark.

Mahomes family cheers on dad

Andra Day lifts voice with gospel choir

Brock Purdy’s meteoric rise from final pick of the 2022 draft to Super Bowl starting quarterback is complete

Brock Purdy is getting ready to start in the Super Bowl 11 months and one day after undergoing major elbow surgery. Purdy’s comeback from the injury to his throwing arm suffered in last season’s NFC championship loss to the Philadelphia Eagles has been part of the storybook start to his career that started as Mr. Irrelevant as the 262nd pick in the 2022 draft.

The 24-year-old Purdy is the third youngest quarterback to start a Super Bowl, behind only 23-year-olds Dan Marino and Ben Roethlisberger.

With a win Sunday, Purdy would join Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Steve Young as the only QBs to lead the Niners to a title.

WATCH: Elvis impersonators and showgirls among thousands of fans outside Allegiant Stadium

Elvis impersonators, showgirls and thousands of fans: This is the scene outside Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas ahead of the 2024 Super Bowl against the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers.

Puppy bowl taken by Team Ruff in thriller

Travis Kelce warms up without incident after AFC title game dustup

The most exclusive seats for the Super Bowl

This Super Bowl comes with bottle service, at least for those willing to pony up six figures to sit in some of the NFL’s most exclusive seating located on the field just beyond the north end zone. There are 29 booths, each seating up to 15 people. Fans who occupy those booths receive wait service, access to private bars and a special entrance.

Raiders greats light torch

Former Raiders Super Bowl MVPs Fred Biletnikoff, Jim Plunkett and Marcus Allen “lit” the Al Davis Memorial Torch before the game.

It’s a Raiders tradition for someone of note to light the electronic torch during Las Vegas home games. Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and recording artist and actor Ice Cube were among those who turned on the torch this season.

The torch is 92 feet high, the world’s tallest three-dimensional printed structure.

Biletnikoff was the Super Bowl 11 MVP, leading the Oakland Raiders to a 32-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Plunkett quarterbacked the Raiders to a 27-10 win over the Philadelphia Eagles four years later. Allen was the MVP of the Raiders’ lone championship when they were in Los Angeles. The Raiders defeated the Washington Redskins 38-9 in Super Bowl 18.

McKinnon, Moore active for Chiefs, but Toney sits

Kristin Juszczyk arrives in fashion

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell greets Taylor Swift

A closer look at Taylor Swift’s arrival

By The Associated Press

No mixed loyalty this year for Donna Kelce

Donna Kelce, mother of Jason and Travis Kelce, arrived at the 2024 Super Bowl in Las Vegas sporting a “Mama Kelce” jacket.

The mother of Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce arrived for the game wearing a jacket with “SUPER BOWL LVIII” and “MAMA KELCE” on the back. In last season’s Super Bowl, Travis Kelce’s Chiefs defeated his brother Jason Kelce’s team, the Philadelphia Eagles.

Instead of a matchup between two brothers, the Kelce family is in the spotlight this year because of Travis’ relationship with pop star Taylor Swift. Donna Kelce has appeared in a suite alongside Swift this season.

Taylor is in the house

Rihanna’s halftime show will be a tough act for Usher to follow

Rihanna’s Super Bowl halftime show from last year will be tough for Usher to top – and she did it (almost) all by herself.

She soared through a 13-minute medley of hits including “Diamond,” at one point hovering above the field at Arizona’s State Farm Stadium. And she skipped the long succession of guest stars and costume changes that have defined most halftime shows. She wore a puffy red jumpsuit left open to reveal what looked like a baby bump. Her rep confirmed after that she was expecting her second child.

WATCH: Walk with AP around Allegiant Stadium ahead of the Super Bowl

By The Associated Press

See what it looks like outside and inside Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas ahead of the 2024 Super Bowl between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers.

Jason Kelce is going all in on the Chiefs gear tonight

Travis Kelce played against Jason Kelce last year, when the Chiefs beat his big brothers’ Eagles in the Super Bowl in Arizona. But Jason was fully behind the Chiefs on Sunday, wearing red and yellow plaid overalls over a T-shirt that read, “Big Yeti,” his nickname for Travis.

The brothers host “New Heights,” one of the hottest podcasts in the country. And once the Eagles were knocked from the playoffs, Jason began following the Chiefs. He famously took off his shirt during a celebration in Buffalo, and he watched the Chiefs win the AFC title in Baltimore.

Taylor Swift’s connections to sports go back to her early days performing the national anthem

Some fans who waited to buy tickets paid roughly $7,700 a piece

Super Bowl ticket prices remain out of reach for many fans who made travel reservations months ago to come to Las Vegas this week, so they’ll likely be watching on TV like millions of others.

To buy tickets days before the game can be costly. This year they’re going for roughly $7,700 — though that is about $2,000 less than they were two weeks ago.

Carl Bray, a Cincinnati fan, booked his trip to the Super Bowl two months ago and came even though the Bengals didn’t make it.

“I don’t have tickets yet, but I got the hotel, flight, and I thought ‘Welp, if I lock into something, I’ll go,’” Bray said. “If not, I’ll just go to MGM or someplace and watch it.”

Patrick Mahomes showed up to the stadium looking like a Raiders fan

For Native American activists, the Kansas City Chiefs have it all wrong

Dozens of Indigenous activists have traveled to Las Vegas to gather outside the Super Bowl and demand the Kansas City Chiefs change their name and ditch their logo and gametime rituals.

The Chiefs say the team was named after Kansas City Mayor H. Roe Bartle, who was nicknamed “The Chief” and helped lure the franchise from Dallas in 1963. They also say they have worked in recent years to eliminate offensive imagery.

But research has shown the use of Native American imagery and stereotypes in sports have negative psychological effects on Native youth and encourage non-Native children to discriminate against them.

“I’ve spent so much of my personal time and money on this issue. I really hoped that our kids wouldn’t have to deal with this,” said Rhonda LeValdo, who founded and leads a group called Not In Our Honor.

“But here we go again.”

Read more about the movement to ditch offensive sports rituals.

Fans are flooding in to Allegiant Stadium

President Joe Biden is skipping a Super Bowl interview for the second year in a row

White House officials said last week they made the decision because Super Bowl fans want to watch the game, not the president.

Instead, Biden released a video on X, formerly Twitter, where he talked about how packaging for snacks for the big game are getting smaller and smaller while the costs were the same, and how he’s working with private companies to stop it.

The game will be broadcast on CBS this year. Last year it was Fox, and Biden didn’t do an interview after some back-and-forth.

Tonight’s lead referee might look familiar

One of the biggest fears when it comes to football’s biggest games is that a high-profile officiating mistake will play a role in the result.

So the seven on-field officials will get plenty of screen time when the Kansas City Chiefs face the San Francisco 49ers in Sunday’s Super Bowl.

The referee in charge of the crew in black-and-white unforms will be Bill Vinovich. He was also the referee when the Chiefs beat the 49ers in the Super Bowl four years ago — and when the Rams beat the Saints in the 2019 NFC championship game after an infamous missed call.

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Reba is in the building

Reba McEntire walked into Allegiant Stadium for the Super Bowl about 3 1/2 hours before kickoff Sunday wearing a puffy, gray faux fur coat and holding hands with her partner, Rex Linn.

McEntire is due to perform the national anthem before the Kansas City Chiefs play the San Francisco 49ers in a rematch of the Super Bowl four years ago in Miami. She will have a lot to live up to after Chris Stapleton’s performance last year in Arizona received high praise.

49ers All-Pro offensive tackle Trent Williams savors his first Super Bowl trip in his 14th season

Trent Williams’ accomplishments are already worthy of a Hall of Fame career with 11 Pro Bowl bids, three first-team All-Pro selections and near universal recognition as the best left tackle of his generation.

All that was missing for the San Francisco 49ers star was something he never envisioned would be possible as he spent the first decade of his career mired in the dysfunction and ineptitude in Washington.

Williams has gotten that missing piece with his first chance to play in the Super Bowl this week against Kansas City.

“This is the pinnacle,” Williams said. “You work to get here. It’s incredibly disheartening when you don’t feel like you have a chance to be here.”

“For the first 10 years of my career, this seemed like it would be out of reach,” he added. “The way these last four years went for me, I’m super grateful.”

From ignitable cakes to prayer candles, Travis + Taylor merchandise is flying off store shelves

By The Associated Press

For the 49ers, improved QB is a big leg up

The 49ers had Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs on the ropes four years ago in the Super Bowl before everything fell apart, leading to a 31-20 loss that still stings today.

The difference when the teams meet in the rematch on Sunday? This time, the 49ers will have a quarterback in Brock Purdy who is capable of making a big play down the stretch.

Purdy has gone from “Mr. Irrelevant” as the final pick in the 2022 draft to the franchise quarterback who has elevated coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense in less than two years. He led the NFL in passer rating (113) and yards per attempt (9.6), with his ability to throw deep and scramble adding new wrinkles to the offense.

Purdy also has a far better group of playmakers than the one that surrounded Jimmy Garoppolo four years ago.

Read more about why the San Francisco 49ers could win.

One advantage for the Chiefs? Experience

These 3 longtime friends have attended every Super Bowl — and don’t intend to stop

Super Bowl means super ads. Here’s what to expect from tonight’s commercials

If you watch the Super Bowl for the commercials, you no longer have to wait until the big game to see what advertisers have in store for viewers. Big advertisers release their ads online early in the hope of capitalizing on buzz as the game approaches. The estimated going rate for a 30-second spot this year is $7 Million.

Advertisers will be pulling out all the stops on Super Bowl Sunday — enlisting the biggest actors, investing in the most dazzling special effects and, they hope, going for laughs as they seek to win over viewers.

Most companies appear to be doubling down on flights of fantasy or light humor, often with a dose of nostalgia and a lot of mini-reunions of TV characters.

Big names like Jennifer Anniston, Christopher Walken, Arnold Schwarzenneger, Ice Spice, Jenna Ortega, Lionel Messi, Tom Brady, “Judge Judy”  Judy Sheindlin, Super Bowl Halftime Show headliner Usher and more will appear during game breaks.

And as always, there will still be some gameday surprises.

Read more about tonight’s Super Bowl commercials.

And here’s what’s at stake for the 49ers

Here’s what’s at stake for the Chiefs

Taylor Swift appears to have reached LAX in her epic journey to make it to the game on time

Will she make it in time? Intrepid flight trackers online seem to think so.

On social media, fans of Taylor Swift and aviation journalists believe they’ve identified Swift’s private jet, labeled “The Football Era.” It arrived from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport to Los Angeles’ LAX airport just after 3:30 p.m. local time on Saturday.

Her transportation plans onward to Las Vegas, where her boyfriend, NFL star tight end Travis Kelce, will play in today’s Super Bowl, have yet to be revealed.

Read more about Swift’s travel plans.

Here’s what we know about Usher’s halftime performance

We know a lot of Super Bowl attention has been focused on Taylor Swift, but we want to take a moment to focus on the person performing at the half-time show: Usher. Between his new album and tour announcement, it’s been a busy week. AP’s Gary Hamilton has more.

How to watch Super Bowl 58

By The Associated Press

Kickoff is shortly after 6:30 p.m. Eastern, but pregame shows begin at 11:30 a.m. Eastern.

CBS and Nickelodeon will broadcast the game.

Paramount+ will livestream the game. It can also be viewed on services such as YouTube TV, FuboTV and Hulu + Live TV if you have a subscription.

The game. The ads. The music. The puppies. Here’s why Americans are ‘extremely excited’ for Super Bowl Sunday

By The Associated Press

Millions of Americans will find something to be excited about when it comes to Super Bowl Sunday. That’s before even factoring in the influence of Taylor Swift.

Four in 10 U.S. adults are extremely or very excited for at least one part of the Super Bowl day’s festivities.

That could be the game, commercials, halftime show or the Puppy Bowl, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

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