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All the times number 13 was relevant in Super Bowl 58: A Taylor Swift conspiracy theory

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LAS VEGAS — The Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl 58 on a 13-play drive in overtime.

And all of us are wondering, “Were the Swifties right?”

The game, which ended 25-22, might have started unlucky because neither team scored in the first quarter and each team committed a turnover. But when the Kansas City Chiefs scored a field goal late in the second quarter, making them trail the San Francisco 49ers 10-3, conspiracy theories surrounding Taylor Swift and her lucky No. 13 seemed all too real.

After entering halftime with a total score of 13, the Chiefs kept the mystery alive by scoring another field goal followed by a touchdown in the third quarter, giving Kansas City 13 points and their first lead of the game. The TD throw from Patrick Mahomes was to wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Mahomes wears No. 15. Valdes-Scantling dons No. 11. The average? 13.

The pop superstar, who is dating Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, made it to Allegiant Stadium after flying her private jet 13 hours to Los Angeles from Tokyo and then flying into Las Vegas for the game. The Super Bowl is the 13th Chiefs game she has attended this season to cheer on her man. The numbers of 5 and 8 in the Super Bowl edition, the date — February 11 (2+11) — and the 49ers digits all add up to 13.

Fans have said this is Swift’s “lucky Super Bowl,” even though San Francisco’s star quarterback Brock Purdy wears No. 13. The popstar was born on December 13th and used to write the number on her hand as a nod to the numeral.

The speculation has spread so far that actor O’Shea Jackson Jr., who is Ice Cube’s son, even commented on the oddity.

“That Taylor Swift 13 conspiracy is wiiiiild,” he said in a series of posts on X, formerly Twitter. “I’m sorry but that is (expletive) incredible and I really enjoy it.”

— Contributing: USA TODAY Taylor Swift reporter Bryan West

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