The Denver Broncos recently ended their 16-game losing streak against the Kansas City Chiefs with a resounding 22-9 victory. Not only did the Broncos secure a crucial win, but they also took the opportunity to play some mind games with one of the Chiefs’ star players. Fans inside Empower Field at Mile High captured videos of the moment when the Broncos decided to blast Taylor Swift’s 2014 hit “Shake It Off,” a subtle dig at Chiefs’ tight end Travis Kelce.
Broncos Break the Losing Streak
The Broncos’ victory over the Chiefs was a momentous occasion. Since 2015, they had been unable to defeat their division rivals, making this win all the more special. The 16-game losing streak had become a significant talking point, and the Broncos were eager to change the narrative. By beating the Chiefs, they not only snapped their own losing streak but also handed the Chiefs their first loss in six games.
A Subtle Dig at Travis Kelce
Playing Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” seemed like an innocent choice at first, but it held a deeper meaning. Travis Kelce, the Chiefs’ star tight end, has gained a reputation for his flamboyant celebrations and on-field antics. By playing this particular song, the Broncos were slyly mocking Kelce’s style and perhaps attempting to get under his skin. It added an intriguing layer of psychological warfare to the game.
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— The Sporting News (@sportingnews) October 29, 2023
Kelce’s Limited Impact on the Game
Despite the Broncos’ efforts to rattle him, Travis Kelce was limited in his contributions during the game. He only received nine targets, catching six passes for 58 yards and failing to score a touchdown. The Broncos’ defense effectively neutralized Kelce’s impact, making it a frustrating day for the talented tight end.
Chiefs’ Offensive Struggles
Travis Kelce’s limited impact was just one aspect of the Chiefs’ offensive struggles. The team managed to score only three field goals, failed to convert any of their three red zone opportunities, and turned the ball over four times. Additionally, their performance on third downs was dismal, converting only three of their ten attempts. It was a disappointing outing for the Chiefs’ offense as a whole.
A Disappointed Patrick Mahomes
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who had been suffering from an illness leading up to the game, expressed his disappointment with the team’s performance. Despite the loss, he acknowledged the Broncos’ superiority on the day and credited them for their victory. Mahomes recognized the passionate Broncos fans and the challenging environment they create at Empower Field at Mile High. He admitted that it wasn’t an enjoyable experience for him but gave credit where it was due.
“It’s a great environment and I actually have a lot of fun playing here. They love the game, they know the game. But it is what it is. They beat us. They were the better football team today, and I give them their props.” – Patrick Mahomes
Taylor Swift’s Absence
Interestingly, Taylor Swift, the pop sensation whose music was used to taunt Travis Kelce, was not present at the game. Reports indicated that Swift was preparing to resume her “The Eras Tour,” and her absence in Denver was likely due to her hectic schedule. Fans who were hoping to see her in the stands were left disappointed, but her music made a lasting impact nonetheless.
The Chiefs’ International Game
While the Broncos celebrated their victory, the Chiefs had little time to dwell on the loss. They were preparing for an international game against the Miami Dolphins in Frankfurt, Germany. The game was part of the NFL’s initiative to expand its reach globally, giving fans outside the United States the opportunity to witness the excitement of live NFL action.