The 58th Super Bowl is around the corner. The spectacular finale of a high-octane season, all to play for in the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The Chiefs vs. the 49ers. Mahomes vs. Purdy. Kelce vs. Kittle. Pacheco vs. McCaffrey. Ultimate Glory is on the line.
As fans across the globe prep and gear up for this monumental event, the anticipation reaches a fever pitch. Excitement heightens not only for the two exceptional teams, who have shone week in and week out, but also for the multitude of international prominence that will be in attendance.
The Game Magazine takes you through a visual journey of an eventful year in American Football, by providing a glimpse into the season of the two finalists.
A Debut in Fabulous Las Vegas
The Super Bowl touches down in Las Vegas, Nevada for the first time, as incredible as it sounds. The city in the desert has always been a favorite to host the biggest sports events in the United States, but just never the Super Bowl. Besides the gambling and glamour, in recent years, this evolution has increased even more, with the UFC and even Formula 1 competing in Sin City.
But now, in 2024, America’s biggest sporting event is headed into the desert of Nevada. The two finalists faced each other four years ago in Super Bowl LIV, where the Chiefs managed to get their long-awaited second Super Bowl title after 50 years. It was also the start of the Mahomes era, who was voted MVP that year and has been the best player in the league ever since. Now, his Chiefs will be looking to shut down 49ers star quarterback Brock Purdy, who has a more unique story in the league.
Since 1976, the NFL comically awards the last player of each draft class the title “Mr. Irrelevant”. Most live up to their name, vanishing in the rosters or just never making it. But not Brock Purdy. Profiting from injuries of 49ers star quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and replacement Trey Lance, third-seeded Brock Purdy stepped up as the starting QB on December 4, 2022, against the Miami Dolphins. He became the first Mr. Irrelevant to throw a touchdown pass and led his team to a cruising 33:17 victory. But his story continued, as he also won all of the remaining five games of the season.
Now, he has proven his importance. He is the starting quarterback for the Niners, a star in the league and can crown this incredible and unique story on Sunday evening.
Bright Lights in the Desert
For decades, the Super Bowl has been known as the pinnacle of show entertainment and competition, not only on the grass but also in the advertising market around the event. Attended by the world’s biggest stars and hosting performances of global music icons, this year’s edition will host R&B and pop music singer Usher in the highly anticipated halftime show. The multiple Grammy-winning “Queen of Country”, Reba McEntire, will perform the national anthem before the match kicks off.
A constant talking topic and eagerly hunted motif for photographers. Taylor Swift’s increasing presence at Chiefs’ games has given the NFL a huge boost in marketing the league and gaining a whole new audience. Millions of Swifties have chosen to follow their idol in supporting the team from the Midwest and triggered a media presence like no other sport has seen. The cause of all this is the relationship between Chiefs Tight End Travis Kelce and the Grammy-winning pop music icon, who has supported her boyfriend fanatically in stadiums around the USA, with fans equally supporting the new love story.