The Kansas City Chiefs have touched down in Las Vegas ahead of their bid to write Super Bowl history against the San Francisco 49ers next weekend.
It has been almost 20 years since a team last retained the Vince Lombardi trophy, with the 2005 New England Patriots the last back-to-back champions on record – but Kansas City has the chance to change that next Sunday.
After winning last season’s showpiece, Andy Reid’s team are now set to lock horns with NFC champions San Francisco at Super Bowl LVIII, where they will aim to keep their hands on the NFL’s big prize for at least another year.
And ahead of their quest for history, the likes of Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce made their grand arrivals in Vegas exactly one week before their battle with the Niners.
Kelce is expected to be cheered on at Allegiant Stadium by girlfriend Taylor Swift, who appears set to wrap up the latest leg of her Eras Tour in Tokyo and make the near 9,000-mile trip to Sin City.
The Kansas City Chiefs have touched down in Las Vegas ahead of next weekend’s Super Bowl
Travis Kelce and Patrick Mahomes have a chance to make history with the Chiefs in Vegas
Mahomes is looking to clinch his third Super Bowl crown at Allegiant Stadium next Sunday
Kelce also made the trip at the same time girlfriend Taylor Swift attended the Grammys awards
Defensive tackle Chris Jones and head coach Andy Reid were also seen arriving on Sunday
A member of the flight crew held out a Chiefs flag as the team touched down on Sunday
The reigning Super Bowl champions were met by a group of Elvis impersonators upon arrival
The Chiefs have business to do in Sin City over the next week, with the 49ers their opponents
Swift has attended a number of her boyfriend’s Chiefs game since their romance began last summer, with the pop star even making it onto the field after last weekend’s Conference Championship victory over the Ravens in Baltimore.
As Kelce arrives in Vegas on Sunday night, Swift is gearing up for this year’s Grammys awards over in Los Angeles.
The Kansas City tight end’s Super Bowl schedule means he is unable to head to the ceremony and support his girlfriend, who has been nominated for a number of awards.
Meanwhile, Mahomes has arrived in Vegas for his fourth Super Bowl appearance amid news of his father’s arrest for driving under the influence over in Texas.
Patrick Mahomes Sr, 53, was arrested by the Tyler Police Department on at least his third DWI on Saturday night.
He is being held on a $10,000 bond. Mahomes Sr., who is a 6’4 former professional baseball pitcher, is currently in custody at the Smith County Jail.
The Chiefs have claimed some huge scalps on their latest run to the Super Bowl, dumping out tournament favorites the Ravens last time out.
Mahomes got the better of his quarterback showdown with MVP frontrunner Lamar Jackson, having also defeated arch-rival Josh Allen’s Buffalo Bills in the Divisional Round.
Mahomes arrived in Vegas amid news of his father’s arrest for driving under the influence
Patrick Mahomes Sr. has been arrested for driving while intoxicated – just a week before his son’s fourth Super Bowl appearance
As Kelce touched down, girlfriend Taylor Swift was in the house for this year’s Grammys awards over in Los Angeles
Reid’s men navigated their way past the Miami Dolphins in arctic conditions in the Wild Card round.
As for the 49ers, they produced the third largest comeback in a conference title game against the Detroit Lions last time out.
Trailing 17 points at halftime, Brock Purdy and co turned the tables after the interval to seal a 34-31 victory and book their place in the Super Bowl.
They had previously edged out a thriller against the Green Bay Packers after earning a bye in the Wild Card Round as the top seed in the NFC.