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Super Bowl LVIII: Showdown in Sin City

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.

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IMAGO / USA TODAY Network / Jay Biggerstaff | Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15).

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IMAGO / USA TODAY Network / Mark J. Rebilas | San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Brock Purdy (13).

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.

Shining Stars

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IMAGO / Icon Sportswire / Kyle Ross | 49ers Tight End George Kittle (85).

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IMAGO / USA TODAY Network / William Purnell | Chiefs Tight End Travis Kelce (87).

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IMAGO / USA TODAY Network / Kirby Lee | A general view as Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes 15 throws the ball against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas.

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IMAGO / Icon Sportswire / Kyle Ross | 49ers Linebacker Fred Warner (54).

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IMAGO / USA TODAY Network / Joe Nicholson | 49ers player partake in a turkey dinner (Thanksgiving Games) following a 31-13 victory against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field, Seattle.

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IMAGO / USA TODAY Network / Neville E. Guard | 49ers Running Back Christian McCaffrey (23).

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IMAGO / USA TODAY Network / Florida Times-Union / Corey Perrine | 49ers Wide Receiver Brandon Aiyuk’s (11) pre-game routine.

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IMAGO / USA TODAY Network / Joe Nicholson | 49ers Running Back Christian McCaffrey walks to the locker room following a 31-13 victory against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field, Seattle.

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IMAGO / USA TODAY Network / Geoff Burke | Chiefs Running Back Isiah Pacheco (10).

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IMAGO / USA TODAY Network / Nathan Ray Seebeck | Chiefs Kicker Harrison Butker (7).

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.

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IMAGO / UPI Photo / Jim Ruymen | Usher performs onstage during the 16th annual BET Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on June 26, 2016.

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IMAGO / ZUMA Wire / Amiee Stubbs | Iconic country music star Reba McEntire will perform the national anthem of the United States, pictured at the CMA Fest at Nissan Stadium on June 9, 2023, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Swiftmania

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.

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IMAGO / Icon Sportswire / William Purnell | Grammy award-winning artist Taylor Swift watches the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers with Brittany Mahomes at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City.

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IMAGO / USA TODAY Network / Denny Medley | A Chiefs fan shows his support for Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift with a sign, GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City.

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IMAGO / USA TODAY Network / Rochester Democrat and Chronicle / Tina MacIntyre-Yee | Jason Kelce cheers after his brother Travis scores a touchdown, Highmark Stadium, Buffalo.

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IMAGO / UPI Photo / Kyle Rivas | Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan greet each other at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

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IMAGO / USA TODAY Network / Jay Biggerstaff | Patrick Mahomes before the pre-season game against the Cleveland Browns at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City.

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IMAGO / Xinhua / Wu Xiaoling | Players of the 49ers (l.) and Chiefs line up during the Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, 2020.


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Article and Image selection by Johannes Häring.


The credit of the cover photo: IMAGO / USA TODAY Network / Kirby Lee