Super Bowl LVIII is officially set with the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers surviving their respective conference championship matchups on Sunday to earn a trip to Las Vegas and the Super Bowl next month.
Here’s everything you need to know for the big game at Allegiant Stadium.
Super Bowl LVIII: Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Francisco 49ers
Sunday, Feb. 11 | 6:30 p.m. ET | CBS
Allegiant Stadium | Las Vegas, Nevada
BetMGM Line: 49ers -2
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs shut down the Baltimore Ravens to win the AFC championship game on Sunday. The Chiefs rolled to a 17-10 win in Baltimore. Tight end Travis Kelce had 116 yards on 11 catches and a big touchdown early. He also broke Jerry Rice’s record for most postseason receptions in league history, and he recorded his record-tying eighth 100-yard playoff game. The Chiefs will now head to their fourth Super Bowl in five seasons. If they can win, they’ll become the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowls since the New England Patriots did so in 2003 and ’04.
They’ll have to do it without a key player on their stellar defense as lineman Charles Omenihu reportedly suffered a torn ACL in Sunday’s AFC championship game.
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The 49ers, after an awful first half in Santa Clara, rallied Sunday in the NFC championship game. They climbed out of a 17-point halftime hole to stun the Detroit Lions and take the 34-31 win, which secured their spot in the Super Bowl. It matched the largest comeback in NFC championship game history. The 49ers, who had lost back-to-back conference championship games, are headed to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 2019 season.
The 49ers opened as a 2.5-point favorite in the Super Bowl at BetMGM, though that line shifted to -1.5 minutes after it was posted. It grew to 2 points in the Niners’ favor on Tuesday. The underdog has covered the spread in the past three Super Bowls.
Brock Purdy and the 49ers are headed to the Super Bowl. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Could Super Bowl ticket price record be broken?
Las Vegas is living up to its reputation as a big draw for the Super Bowl as the two teams’ fan bases appear to be responding. From Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson on the high ticket prices in the first couple of days since the Niners and Chiefs clinched Super Bowl berths:
“… demand resulted in staggering early prices for tickets across virtually all reselling platforms. TicketIQ CEO Jesse Lawrence, whose platform is a brokerage and tracker of prices across the market, pegged the early average ticket price at a whopping $10,752. In the first 24-hour window of selling, that’s the highest average ticket price in history, aside from the reduced capacity “COVID” Super Bowl in February 2021, which had an average ticket price of $15,253 — after the first day of sales when both Super Bowl participants had been determined. The least expensive ticket listed on the secondary market in the first 24 hours of sales for this year’s game? According to Lawrence’s data, it was put up at $8,529.”
Usher set for Super Bowl LVIII halftime show
Usher is set to headline the halftime show at the Super Bowl in Las Vegas. The eight-time Grammy winner wrapped up a residency in Las Vegas in December, and he’s set to release an album on Feb. 11.
Reba McEntire will sing the national anthem ahead of the Super Bowl at Allegiant Stadium. Post Malone will perform “America the Beautiful,” and Andra Day will perform “Lift Every Voice and Sing” during the pregame festivities.
Will Taylor Swift make it to the Super Bowl?
She could, but it’s not going to be easy.
Taylor Swift, who is dating Kelce, is set to resume the international leg of her tour next month. She is scheduled to perform four shows in Tokyo in the week leading up to the Super Bowl, with her final show on Saturday. If she leaves right after the final show, thanks to the time change, she could make it to Las Vegas in time for the Super Bowl.
Whether she wants to make that journey — and then fly right back to the other side of the world for shows in Australia the following week — remains to be seen.