On Monday night, players and coaches from the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers descended upon Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas to field questions from the media about themselves as well as their respective mindsets heading into Super Bowl 58.
Sunday’s action features a rematch between the two teams, as the Chiefs and 49ers previously faced off in Feb. 2020 for Super Bowl 54. The Chiefs emerged victorious, earning their second championship in franchise history.
Now, Kansas City is looking to win back-to-back Lombardi Trophies, while San Francisco is searching for its sixth Super Bowl victory. Although Sunday will be a rematch, the rosters of each team look vastly different compared to their 2020 counterparts.
There are still some familiar faces such as Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Chris Jones, George Kittle, Nick Bosa and Deebo Samuel, among several others, though.
Here’s a recap of what you may have missed Monday night.
An unexpected quarterback matchup
One of the players who didn’t appear in the previous Super Bowl between the two teams was 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy, who has never started against Patrick Mahomes in his two-year career. His only experience against Kansas City is his 10 snaps as a backup in 2022 during the Chiefs’ 44-23 win over San Francisco.
However, Purdy has gained enough big-game experience in five postseason starts that Sunday’s bright lights shouldn’t faze him. He took time Monday to answer serious questions about his outlook heading into the biggest game of his life as well as playful inquiries regarding his impression of well-known cartoon characters.
Speaking of experience in high-pressure situations, Mahomes will be making his fourth career Super Bowl appearance. The two-time MVP is searching for a third championship after the Chiefs emerged from the AFC as the No. 3 seed.
Mahomes discussed his legacy and his progress toward surpassing Tom Brady’s seven Super Bowl wins.
“I’m not even close to halfway, so I haven’t put a lot of thought into it,” Mahomes said, per ESPN’s Adam Teicher. “Your goal is to be the best player that you can be and I know I’m blessed to be around a lot of great players. So right now it’s do whatever I can to beat a great 49ers team and try to get that third ring.”
“Then if you ask me that question in 15 years, I’ll see if I can get close to seven, but seven seems like a long ways away still,” he added.
Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift
One of the major storylines for the Chiefs throughout their 2023 season has been Kelce’s high-profile relationship with musician Taylor Swift. With Swift taking home Album of the Year at the 66th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, the All-Pro tight end fielded several questions about his girlfriend.