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Super Bowl LVIII kicks off after Reba McEntire performs the national anthem

49ers’ strong start fumbled by early turnover

The 49ers’ offense charged down the field in their opening drive, with Brock Purdy leading a five play, 48 yard drive behind a set of first downs from Kyle Juszczyk and Christian McCaffrey.

But the veteran running back’s fumble was recovered by Chiefs defensive end George Karlaftis at Kansas City’s 27.

The Chiefs failed to capitalize, going three and out.

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Country music star Reba McEntire performs the national anthem

Grammy award-winning artist Reba McEntire performed the national anthem at Allegiant Stadium on Sunday, kicking off Super Bowl LVIII. 

In a press conference in Las Vegas Thursday, McEntire spoke about how much she loves the city and that she’s “tickled to pieces” to be part of the first Super Bowl there.

“I have never sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl. I am honored beyond words to be chosen to get to sing it. It means that I get to sing a very special song for all Americans, people all around the world who have really worked so hard for our freedom and to give us peace,” she said.

“It’s not about me. I’m the representation of this song, and I’m just honored to get to sing it. It’s a good one. I’ve been doing it for 50 years, and I’m really proud to get to sing it.” 

When it comes to preparing for the big day, the superstar joked she’s “preparing by being prepared.”

“I’ve been singing the national anthem in the shower, when we get in the car. Rex, my boyfriend, is a huge football fan, played all sports when he was going to school. And, so, he’ll say, ‘OK, sing it one more time.’ I’ll say, ‘I think I know the words real good right now, so I’m all right,'” she said.

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Post Malone performs ‘America the Beautiful’ at Super Bowl LVIII

Post Malone opened Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas on Sunday night with his own rendition of “America the Beautiful.” 

The “Circles” singer admitted ahead of the big game that was more than a little nervous about his performance.

Malone exclusively spoke with Fox News Digital on his way into the stadium, and when asked how he’s feeling, he said “Sh–ting my pants, to be frank!” with a laugh.

As for preparation, he said he “woke up, hugged my baby, and said hopefully your dad doesn’t mess it up on the grandest stage of them all.”

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Taylor Swift arrives at Super Bowl LVIII with Blake Lively, Ice Spice

Taylor Swift touched down in Las Vegas Sunday afternoon with actress Blake Lively and rapper Ice Spice ahead of Super Bowl LVIII. 

Swift arrived at the Allegiant Stadium where the San Francisco 49ers will face off against the Kansas City Chiefs. 

Swift, who finished her epic trek from the Tokyo Dome, is on hand to watch Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, whom she has been dating since the first few weeks of the season. 

Swift performed in Japan on Saturday night before a flight across nine time zones and the international date line to reach the U.S.  

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Travis Kelce leaves Chiefs’ teammates in tears with ‘WWE speech’: report

Kansas City Chiefs star Travis Kelce has been through a whirlwind of media availabilities, sit-down interviews and more national attention leading up to Super Bowl LVIII.

But through all the off-the-field questions about his relationship with pop star Taylor Swift, Kelce’s mind has been solely focused on winning his third Super Bowl ring on Sunday.

That laser focus and determination was vocalized to his Chiefs teammates on Saturday night, and several stars, including quarterback Patrick Mahomes, said their piece to get the team locked in for the “big game.

CBS Sports’ Tracy Wolfson reported Kelce’s speech being so good it brought teammates, coaches and staff to tears.

“It was like a WWE speech. That was the best and most emotional team meeting in years,” someone in the room told Wolfson.

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Tony Romo insists Taylor Swift wife comments are a joke

Tony Romo made clear Saturday that when he called Taylor Swift the wife of Kansas City Chiefs star Travis Kelce he was only joking and that it was a part of his broadcast game plan.

Romo will be on the call for Super Bowl LVIII as the Chiefs play the San Francisco 49ers. Swift is expected to be at least one of the focal points off of the field.

The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback talked about his style with the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“I think you’re always trying to do new things,” he told the outlet. “I feel like, for me, one area is I add humor in a lot of times. So the people who really know me kind of get it. So when I’m joking about Taylor Swift being the wife (of Kelce), not everyone gets it. But I feel like, to me, we’re on air for three hours and 15 minutes, sometimes three and a half. 

“You’re trying to add some levity to it, but it’s really about the game and you’re always trying to make it about the game.”

Romo made the remark when the Chiefs took on the Buffalo Bills during the regular season in December.

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Super Bowl LVIII prop bets: Everything you need to know

Proposition bets have become a staple of the Super Bowl tradition over the years.

“We have so many prop bets, over a thousand unique prop bets, and we’ll be adding more all the way up to Super Bowl Sunday,” said Caesars Sportsbook Assistant Director of Trading Adam Pullen.

Prop bets are side wagers on parts of the game that may not be tied to who wins or loses.

“Four thousand ways to bet. The prop betting has taken up a life of its own. Sometimes, it’s almost more important than the game itself, who wins or loses. So many options, so many ways to bet,” said Pullen.

And betting doesn’t stop when the game kicks off.

“We can bet all the way through the game. The next play, the next drive. How many yards they’re going to get on the drive. There is so much. Technology has made it a lot better for what we can offer on an everyday basis,” said Pullen. 

Over at Westgate, the sportsbook launched a menu of over 500 prop bets.

FOX Business’ Sunny Tsai contributed to this report.

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Patrick Mahomes embraces the ‘villain role’ ahead of Super Bowl LVIII

The Kansas City Chiefs are looking to become the first NFL team to win back-to-back Super Bowls since the New England Patriots accomplished the feat in the 2003 and 2004 seasons. 

Kansas City will play in its fourth Super Bowl in five years against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in Las Vegas as the NFL’s current dynasty continues. 

Speaking with Nate Burleson of CBS, Mahomes said the Chiefs have felt the hate this season as their winning ways have continued. 

“You definitely have gotten that sense this year,” Mahomes said. “I think this is the year that actually has kind of came out that way. That’s part of it. You turn into that villain, you turn into that team that everybody doesn’t want to win. 

“You have to embrace that too, in order to be great. And I think you’ve seen the greats do that in every sport whenever they start building dynasties and stuff like that. And we want to do that, and we want to stamp out this Super Bowl win.”


Mahomes said
he has embraced the villain role this season as the Chiefs were forced to go on the road in the NFL Playoffs for the first time since he took over under center in Kansas City. 

“I do, man,” Mahomes said when asked if he likes playing the “villain role.”

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Drake places $1.5 million bet on Chiefs to win Super Bowl

If the Drake curse is still alive, San Francisco 49ers fans may as well start celebrating now.

The rapper is notorious for “cursing” players and teams due to his prior associations with them.

Drake is a partner with Stake, a gambling site where bettors wager cryptocurrency. On the site, he placed a $1.15 million bet on the Chiefs to win this year’s Super Bowl.

Apparently, it’s inspired by Taylor Swift.

“I can’t bet against the swifties,” Drake wrote in an Instagram caption.

Drake also placed an $850,000 wager on Logan Paul to knock out Dillon Danis in October, and Paul actually won by disqualification, resulting in a losing bet.

The “God’s Plan” artist was also tight with members of the 2016 Golden State Warriors and 2019 Alabama Crimson Tide. Drake also developed a friendship with Johnny Manziel while he was still in college, and Manziel had zero success in the NFL.

The Chiefs are underdogs, with the line somewhere between 1.5 and 2.5.

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How much does a 30-second Super Bowl ad cost?

A 30-second advertisement for the Super Bowl has increasingly become more expensive over the last decade as viewership for the event continues to grow each year. 

For Super Bowl LVII, a 30-second commercial cost $7 million, according to Statista. This is an increase from the cost of the same timeframe from Super Bowl LVI. This year, the cost of a 30-second Super Bowl ad is around $7 million.

During Super Bowl LVI in February 2022, when the Cincinnati Bengals competed against the Los Angeles Rams, a 30-second advertisement would cost an average sponsor $6.5 million on average, according to Statista.

From 2017 to 2021, a 30-second advertisement cost an average range of $5.4 to $5.5 million. For the most part, advertising rates have consistently increased at the Super Bowl for the last decade.

From 2014-2016, the cost of a 30-second ad was between $4 and $4.5 million, according to Statista.

In 2002, the same ad duration cost a brand $2.2 million, according to Statista. This is a 218% increase in cost in the last 22 years.

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Single-game records from historical Super Bowl games

Super Bowl records are made to be broken.

There’s no telling which player will have a record day and propel their team to a Super Bowl title on Feb. 11. Ahead of the game between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, take a peak at some of the records they could break come game day.

Passing yards

Tom Brady 505 yards (Patriots, Super Bowl LII)

Tom Brady 466 yards (Patriots, Super Bowl LI)

Kurt Warner 414 yards (Rams, Super Bowl XXXIV)

Kurt Warner 377 yards (Cardinals, Super Bowl XLIII)

Nick Foles 373 yards (Eagles, Super Bowl LII)

Passing touchdowns

Steve Young 6 TDs (49ers, Super Bowl XXIX)

Joe Montana
5 TDs (49ers, Super Bowl XXIV)

Terry Bradshaw 4 TDs (Steelers, Super Bowl XIII)

Doug Williams 4 TDs (Redskins, Super Bowl XXII)

Troy Aikman 4 TDs (Cowboys, Super Bowl XXVII

Tom Brady 4 TDs (Patriots, Super Bowl XLIX)

Longest pass completion

Jake Delhomme 85 yards (Panthers, Super Bowl XXXVIII)

Brett Favre 81 yards (Packers, Super Bowl XXXI)

Jim Plunkett 80 yards (Raiders, Super Bowl XV)

Doug Williams 80 yards (Redskins, Super Bowl XXII)

John Elway 80 yards (Broncos, Super Bowl XXXIII)

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How do Super Bowl squares work?

In order to win a Super Bowl squares
competition, the winner is typically picked at the end of every quarter, but the tally of the game’s final score is also used to determine the final winner. A final winner is decided by taking the last number in each team’s score and matching it to the grid where squares intersect.

For example, if the final score is Kansas City Chiefs 24, San Francisco 49ers 17, the participant in the square where the Chiefs’ column intersects with the 4 and the 49ers’ row intersects with the 7 would win the final score prize.

The winners of the first, second and third quarters typically receive some form of equal payout, but the winner of the fourth-quarter final score usually receives the largest payout.

Super Bowl squares add an element of excitement to the game for participants, as the outcome is based on the unpredictable nature of the final scores, making it a game of chance rather than skill.


Fox News’ Maeghan Dolph contributed to this report.

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Brittany Mahomes hyped up hubby QB Patrick Mahomes ahead of game day

Brittany Mahomes hyped up her Kansas City Chiefs quarterback husband on Saturday night ahead of the team’s Super Bowl LVIII appearance against the San Francisco 49ers.

Patrick Mahomes will try to lead the Chiefs to back-to-back Super Bowl titles. If they’re successful, the Chiefs would be the first team since the New England Patriots in 2003 and 2004 to win consecutive titles. According to Brittany, Patrick was locked in.

“My boy, so ready for tomorrow,” she wrote on her Instagram Stories as she shared a post from her husband.

The video showed highlights from Mahomes and the Chiefs with pundits voicing their criticism of the team over the course of the season. Mahomes, much like last season, has been able to prove most of the Chiefs doubters wrong as he’s led the team back to the Super Bowl despite an off season statistically.

“We’ve been dealing with adversity,” Mahomes said Monday night. “It’s great seeing how the guys responded. That’s the reason why we’re here.”

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Are Super Bowl ads worth it to brands?

In recent years, the return on investment has been strong for companies spending money to advertise their products during the Super Bowl. In 2023, a few of the most viral commercials were from Michelob ULTRA, Crown Royal, Doritos and Pringles.

Some of the top advertising brands for the 2021 Super Bowl included General Motors, T-Mobile, Verizon and Mountain Dew, who all earned an average ROI of $4.60, according to research and data collected by Kantar.

Creativity and consumer spending play a direct role in the Super Bowl as fans tend to buy from the advertisement they remember the most. Advertisements have an engaging role in the Super Bowl as the event’s high viewership continues its dominance.

“Most people tend to run in the opposite direction of advertising, but [the] Super Bowl remains the one day where they don’t,” said Joe Glennon, an associate professor in the Department of Advertising at Temple University’s Lew Klein College of Media and Communication, in an interview. “There’s still no better way to reach 70, 80 or 90 million people all at once than the Super Bowl. There is also incredible brand-building power in having lots of people see you at the same time.”

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Tom Brady on how to ‘achieve great things’ before Super Bowl 58: ‘You get one chance to do it’

Tom Brady figured out what it took to execute in the highest of high-pressure situations in the NFL and was rewarded for it with seven Super Bowl championships in 10 appearances in the big game.

Brady never wavered and delivered when the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers needed it most. 

It’s the reason the Hall of Excellence at the Fontainebleau Las Vegas is showcasing his seven rings in its museum.

Brady spoke with Fox News Digital after his Super Bowl
rings and legendary sportscaster Jim Gray’s signed football from every Super Bowl-winning quarterback were revealed to be featured in the museum.

Brady offered a reminder about what it takes to reach the mountaintop.

“They’re going to have to play well. It’s the biggest stage,” he said. “It’s what you hope for as an athlete. You can see it up here when we open this up and unveil what this museum is. You’re gonna see that, in order to achieve great things, you gotta have great performance. And that comes down to doing it in the moment.

“And the different part about sports is you don’t get second chances. You get one chance to do it. It’s live. You’re under pressure. And you gotta get it done when it matters.”

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Quick, refreshing salsa recipe for your Super Bowl LVIII party

For a salsa that is a little bit juicy, combine all of these ingredients ahead of time and allow time to sit in the fridge. Before serving, stir everything together once again to reintroduce juices to the top of the salsa mixture.

For this recipe, simply dice the Roma tomatoes, fresh mango and red onion about the size of one kernel of corn. Squeeze the juice from one lemon atop the fruit and vegetables. Chop fresh cilantro, add a dash of salt and pepper, and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve.

If you’re looking for a salsa that’s a little spicier in flavor, finely slice 1-2 fresh jalapenos and combine.

Ingredients

3-5 Roma tomatoes

1 can of corn

1 cup of diced mango

1 small red onion

Juice from 1 lemon

Chopped cilantro

Salt

Pepper

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Do Super Bowl halftime performers get paid?

Some of the most popular A-list celebrity musicians participate in the Super Bowl halftime performance; however, they do not receive a paycheck from the league, according to Esquire. 

The NFL fully funds the production costs and covers travel expenses for performers at the Super Bowl. However, it is important to note that individual musicians do not receive a direct paycheck for their participation in the event.

Despite the lack of pay, the main reason stars agree to perform at the Super Bowl is because of the large exposure the halftime stage provides, as tens of millions of people tune in to watch the game and the show. 

Super Bowl LVII featuring Grammy award winning artist Rihanna was the second-most watched halftime show on record. Nearly 119 million viewers tuned into her platform performance while pregnant.

Viewership was up by 15% from the 2022 Super Bowl show featuring Dr. Dre, Eminem, Mary J. Blige Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar.

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Raiders’ Maxx Crosby brushes off Super Bowl LVIII suite pricing complaints: ‘It’s Las Vegas’

The Super Bowl LVIII suite prices at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas have been an underlying topic of conversation as some wives and family members of players have complained about the expense.

According to prices listed online by the Suite Experience Group, “Premium Loge” seats range from $180,000 to $300,000, while the “Owner’s Club” suites start out at $1.8 million. Some suites have reportedly gone for around $3 million.

Kelly Stafford, Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford’s wife, and Lisa McCaffrey, the mother of San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey, voiced their concerns about the prices. Stafford called it “absurd” and McCaffrey said, “None of us can afford it.”

Even Donna Kelce, Travis Kelce’s mother, wasn’t happy with the pricing and said as far as she knew, she was going to end up in the stands. Claire Kittle, the wife of 49ers tight end George Kittle, called the prices “absurd” as well.

Las Vegas Raiders star Maxx Crosby, who lives in the city, said that’s just the way it is. He talked to Fox News Digital ahead of Michael Rubin’s Fanatics Super Bowl party.

“Excessive pricing? I mean, it’s Las Vegas,” he said with a smile. “It’s Las Vegas. It’s not cheap. So, that’s how it goes.”

Fox News’ Larry Fink contributed to this report.

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Super Bowl halftime performers for the past 20 years

2024 — Usher.

2023 — Rihanna.

2022 — Dr. Dre, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar.

2021 — The Weeknd.

2020 — Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.

2019 — Maroon 5.

2018 — Justin Timberlake.

2017 — Lady Gaga.

2016 — Coldplay.

2015 — Katy Perry.

2014  — Bruno Mars.

2013 — Beyonce.

2012 — Madonna.

2011 — The Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Slash.

2010 — The Who.

2009 — Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

2008 — Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

2007 — Prince and the Florida A&M marching band.

2006 — The Rolling Stones.

2005 — Paul McCartney.

2004 — Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Kid Rock, P. Diddy and Nelly.

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Super Bowl LVIII bets to exceed $23 million

Americans will make $23.1 billion in bets on the Super Bowl this year, an American Gaming Association (AGA) survey found.

The spending on bets, the AGA said, is expected to be fueled by 67.8 million American adults and represents a year-over-year jump of 44%. 

About 42.7 million Americans are looking to do traditional bets on the big Sunday matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers, whether that be online, at a physical sportsbook or with a bookie, according to the AGA.

Meanwhile, the industry group said that over 36.5 million intend to engage in more casual bets and play the odds with friends, in a pool or as part of a Squares competition. 

Some wagers related to Taylor Swift have cropped up as casual proposition bets among NFL fans. 

They vary from whether she’ll come to the game to how many instances the network may air her on the broadcast to whether she’ll get an on-field proposal from Kelce, according to reports.

For the teams going head-to-head Sunday, slightly more Americans (47%) will put their money on the Kansas City Chiefs coming out on top, according to the AGA. The 49ers will get 44%. 

FOX Business’ Aislinn Murphy contributed to this report.

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Last minute guac recipe with only 8 ingredients you likely have in your home

So, you’re hosting guests for Super Bowl LVIII but you didn’t prepare enough food for the stragglers.

This quick guacamole recipe will be enough to add something to the table and also, wow guests. It’s a very simple, 8-ingredient recipe that requires you to mash, mix and make party-goers full. Toss it together quickly and without fail. Feel free to add other herbs and spices you’ve got stashed away in a cabinet.

Ingredients for guacamole

5-7 rip avocados

Chopped fresh cilantro

1-2 diced Roma tomatoes

Fresh juice from 1-2 limes

1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

Dash of salt

Dash of pepper

Mash the ripe avocados, chop the fresh parsley, dice the Roma tomatoes, squeeze the juice from the limes, add the cayenne pepper and garlic powder and combine in a bowl. Toss in a dash of salt and pepper, stir and serve with tortilla chips.

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How are Super Bowl cities selected?

An NFL select committee determines which cities are chosen to host the Super Bowl after going through a vetting process. The committee wants to ensure that whichever city hosts the Super Bowl has the proper economic infrastructure and tools in place to host the event effectively without delays. 

Cities across the United States actively pitch the NFL for the opportunity because of the economic opportunity and exposure from hosting the event.

Cities often have to make concessions to the select committee, which usually results in the NFL having authority over how the event is conducted. Owners from the cities also have the opportunity to pitch the committee during the selection process.

Past Super Bowl locations:

Super Bowl LVIII: Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada

Super Bowl LVII: State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona

Super Bowl: LVI: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California

Super Bowl LV: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Super Bowl LIV: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Fox News’ Maeghan Dolph contributed to this report.

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Travis Kelce’s chicken wing recipe ahead of kickoff

Fans watching at home might consider whipping up a batch of “Travis’ Kansas City Chicken Wings,” best accompanied by Barefoot Wine’s sauvignon blanc, as shared by the tight end’s mother, Donna Kelce — who has a partnership with the California-based vino brand.

You only need five ingredients and just five minutes of prep time — plus 50 minutes of cook time — to make the tasty game day appetizer. This recipe makes 4 servings.

Ingredients:

2 lbs chicken wings

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp salt

½ cup hot sauce

¼ cup unsalted butter

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 400°F.

2. Toss chicken wings with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.

3. Bake wings on a rack for 45–50 minutes until crispy, turning halfway.

4. In a bowl, mix hot sauce and melted butter.

5. Toss baked wings in the sauce until coated.

6. Serve hot. Enjoy!

This original recipe is owned by Donna Kelce and BarefootWine.com and was shared with Fox News Digital.

Fox News’  Perri Ormont Blumberg contributed to this report.

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NFL legend Kurt Warner on the challenges of winning back-to-back Super Bowl championships

The Kansas City Chiefs are looking to win back-to-back Super Bowls for the first time since the 2003 and 2004 seasons when the New England Patriots did it. 

Kurt Warner won a Super Bowl with the St. Louis Rams during the 1999 season, but the team lost in the wild-card round to the New Orleans Saints the following season. 

The Rams got back to the Super Bowl following the 2001 season, but Warner and the team lost to the Patriots by a field goal.

Warner knows how difficult it is to get back to the Super Bowl after winning one and explained to Fox News Digital all that goes into repeating as a champion.

“I think it’s really, really difficult. (Winning) shortens your offseason, first and foremost,” he said. “You’re playing longer than everybody else, you’re going through that aspect of things. When you have a successful team, everybody wants to pluck the good players from your team. So, you lose a lot of those good facets.

“How about the Chiefs? Just look at them this year. They were more of an offensive-driven team last year, although good on defense but young. This year, completely different. They’re winning with defense and managing things on offense. How many teams have the ability to do that?”

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Chiefs’ Kadarius Toney not expected to play against 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII: report

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Kadarius Toney has not played since Week 15 of the 2023 NFL season, and it appears his season will also end on the bench. 

Toney is not expected to play in Super Bowl LVIII against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday night in Las Vegas, according to ESPN. 

Toney was not listed on Kansas City’s injury report ahead of the game.

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks for Toney, who was listed as out for the AFC Championship Game against the Baltimore Ravens for personal reasons and a hip injury. 

Hours before the game, Toney took to his Instagram to push back on the notion he was missing the game due to injury. 

Kansas City head coach Andy Reid defended Toney’s injury status the day after the Chiefs defeated Baltimore. 

“Well, obviously he’s been on the injury report. That part is not made up by any means,” Reid told reporters. “He’s been working through some things, and he’ll be back out there.”

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What is the cost of a 6-second Super Bowl ad?

Most Super Bowl advertisements stay between the 15- to 30-second range. However, if an advertisement did break into the one-minute mark, it would likely cost the sponsor nearly double the average costs of a 30-second ad.

Since brands pay such a high cost to show off their products, advertisements tend to emphasize an entertainment angle rather than a serious or logical pitch to consumers. As a result, a consumer trend has been created over the years surrounding Super Bowl advertisements as some non-sports enthusiasts tune in only to watch the commercials.

In 2021, Anheuser-Busch spent $52 million on advertising during the Super Bowl LVI game, according to Statista. Other major brands that shelled out top dollar included Pepsico and T-Mobile.

 That same year, $485 million was spent on Super Bowl advertising. This is more than double the cash from 2011, according to Statista.

This year, Anheuser-Busch has announced that it purchased 2½ minutes of ad space spread across three separate slots that will air during the Super Bowl on Feb. 11, marketing its top beer brands: Bud Light, Budweiser and Michelob Ultra.

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Last minute French onion dip to serve at your game day party

This quick French onion dip recipe requires little cooking and makes a minimal mess in the kitchen.

Begin by slicing or chopping your onion. Over medium heat on the stove, caramelize the onion in a pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add a dash of salt and pepper while the onions caramelize and let simmer. For faster cooking, cover with a lid, but watch to avoid burning the onion. Once golden brown, remove from heat and set aside.

In a bowl, combine sour cream and mayonnaise. Fold in the cooked onions. Add garlic powder and a dash of salt and pepper. Top with as much or as little fresh parsley and scallions as you prefer.

Ideally, you’ll serve this recipe with chips — kettle cooked or potato chips.

Ingredients

8 ounces of sour cream

1 medium or large yellow onion

1 cup of mayonnaise

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

Chopped parsley

Chopped scallions

Salt

Pepper

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Brock Purdy doppelgänger and TikTok sensation Anna Frey will attend Super Bowl LVIII

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy will appear in the first Super Bowl of his career Sunday when he takes on the Kansas City Chiefs.

While Taylor Swift is in the Chiefs’ corner because of Travis Kelce, viral TikTok sensation Anna Frey will be in Purdy’s corner. 

The 16-year-old high school tennis star from Utah received a ticket to attend Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas since going viral during the season for resembling Purdy.

When Purdy won the NFC championship, he was seen in a video with someone shouting, “Anna Frey is going to the Super Bowl.” Anna responded to the video, screen-capping the video, “patiently waiting for my Super Bowl invite.” 

Sure enough, Six Star Pro Nutrition came through for her as the clip registered 29 million views.

Anna told Fox News Digital in an interview before the game she didn’t see a resemblance.

“No, I didn’t,” Anna said. “But just one comment just said, ‘She kinda looks like Brock Purdy,’ and then that comment just blew up. Everything else followed.”

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Rihanna’s Super Bowl LVII performance was the second-most watched halftime show on record

Some of the nearly 119 million viewers who tuned in for the Super Bowl LVII halftime show last year were apparently not pleased with what they saw.

The Federal Communications Commission received over 100 complaints after the big game, many related to pop and R&B singer Rihanna’s performance. Some viewers claiming the show was “overtly sexual” in nature, TMZ reported.

Others believed some of the dance moves “were patently offensive and completely inappropriate for children.”

WWE legend Goldberg said it was “frickin’ horrible,” while former President Trump said it was “the single worst Halftime Show in Super Bowl history.”

NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal
came to the defense of the nine-time Grammy Award winner at the time.

“All you people disrespecting my Rihanna, shut your face. Shut it up,” he said on “The Big Podcast.” “I was there – it was beautiful. She did a great job. I didn’t know she was pregnant until she bust out, but leave this lady alone…

“You did a great job. I love you. All you people that got something to say: shut the f— up.”

Fox News’ Chantz Martin and Ryan Morik contributed to this report.

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Why do brands prerelease Super Bowl ads?

As social media has become more popular over recent years, advertisers have started pre-releasing Super Bowl commercials
online before they appear on live television. The logic behind the pre-release is that it allows advertisers to allow their commercials to reach audiences that do not tune into the Super Bowl.

Moreover, the advertisement’s longevity increases because its popularity is not completely reliant on the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl games, ads and halftime shows are each a phenomenon of their own. Some viewers tune in for the game and some only for the halftime show. While viewers must tune in for the entirety of the game to catch the commercials, some at-home spectators are simply popping in and out when breaks in the games occur.

“During the 2019 Super Bowl, consumers spent 641 thousand hours watching Super Bowl ads on YouTube, representing a 58 percent increase over the previous year,” the Statista website reads.

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Pilot flies over Kansas City and leaves love in the air for Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift

A plane registered to First Order Aeronautics, LLC based in Florida took off from Missouri on Wednesday and left a message in the Kansas City clouds for Travis Kelce, Taylor Swift and fans.

The pilot took a path in the sky to draw out the number 87, Kelce’s NFL number, surrounded by a heart, Swift’s signature hand gesture.

The Kansas City Chiefs tight end and the A-list singer-songwriter sparked romance rumors in late September after Kelce attended one of her concerts. He said during an episode of his co-hosted “New Heights” podcast with brother, Jason Kelce, that he tried, and failed, at giving Swift a friendship bracelet with his phone number on it.

“I was a little butt-hurt I didn’t get to hand her one of the bracelets I made for her,” the Super Bowl star told his older brother and listeners.

Swift’s appearance at tonight’s game is highly anticipated by fans both in Las Vegas and tuning in at home.

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About the first ever Super Bowl between the Chiefs and Packers


The Super Bowl
has evolved into a multimillion-dollar event that brings thousands to a sold-out stadium each year to watch the AFC and NFC champions face off in one of the biggest sporting events of the year for the Vince Lombardi trophy.

Even though the Super Bowl has become such an enormous event, one where even the commercials are highly anticipated, it wasn’t always that way. 

The big game dates back to 1967, when it wasn’t called the Super Bowl.
It was first known as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game, where two teams battled it out in front of a less-than-sold-out crowd and a ticket could be had for just $12. That game in 1967 was the start of a long history of nail-biting games, monumental moments and legendary halftime performances for the NFL. 

Who played in Super Bowl I?

The first-ever Super Bowl game was played by the Green Bay Packers, the National Football League champion and the Kansas City Chiefs, the winners out of the American Football League. 

Who won Super Bowl I and II?

The Green Bay Packers came out victorious in Super Bowl I against the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10. 

When was Super Bowl I?

Super Bowl I was played Jan. 15, 1967, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. 

Did Super Bowl I have a halftime show?

The University of Arizona Marching Band and the Grambling State University Marching Band were among the performers at the Super Bowl Halftime Show. The Anaheim High School Ana-Hi-Steppers Drill Team and flag girls also performed. 

Fox News’ Ashlyn Messier contributed to this report.

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Super Bowl champions and MVPs: A history dating

Multiple Super Bowl winners

Patriots (6)

Steelers (6)

Cowboys (5)

49ers (5)

Giants (4)

Packers (4)

Broncos (3)

Commanders/WFT/Redskins (3)

Raiders (3)

Chiefs (3)

Buccaneers (2)

Colts (2)

Dolphins (2)

Ravens (2)

Super Bowl scores from the last ten years

Super Bowl LVII: Kansas City Chiefs, 38-35

Super Bowl: LVI: Las Angeles Rams, 23-20

Super Bowl LV: Buccaneers def. Chiefs, 31-7

Super Bowl LIV: Chiefs def. 49ers, 31-20

Super Bowl: LIII: Patriots def. Rams, 13-3

Super Bowl LII: Eagles def. Patriots, 41-33

Super Bowl LI: Patriots def. Falcons, 34-28

Super Bowl 50: Broncos def. Panthers, 24-10

Super Bowl XLIX: Patriots def. Seahawks, 28-24

Super Bowl XLVIII: Seahawks def. Broncos, 43-8

Multiple wins for Super Bowl MVPs

Tom Brady (5)

Joe Montana (3)

Bart Starr (2)

Eli Manning (2)

Terry Bradshaw (2)

Patrick Mahomes (2)

Super Bowl MVPs from the last five years

Super Bowl LVII: Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs

Super Bowl: LVI: Cooper Kupp, Rams

Super Bowl LV: Tom Brady, Buccaneers

Super Bowl LIV: Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs

Super Bowl: LIII: Julian Edelman, Patriots


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Usher to perform at the Super Bowl LVIII halftime show

Usher was announced as the Super Bowl LVIII halftime performer in late September by Apple Music on X.

“It’s an honor of a lifetime to finally check a Super Bowl performance off my bucket list. I can’t wait to bring the world a show unlike anything else they’ve seen from me before,” R&B star Usher said, according to Variety. “Thank you to the fans and everyone who made this opportunity happen. I’ll see you real soon.”

The “Confessions: Part II” and “Burn” singer’s Las Vegas residency has been sold out several times and more shows were added. Usher is recording his ninth album titled “Coming Home.”

He has been nominated for many awards in the music industry and received eight Grammys, eight American Music Awards, many Billboard Music Awards and more.

Taylor Swift reportedly turned down the chance to perform at Super Bowl LVIII due to being too busy with her Eras world tour, according to the Daily Mail.

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Highly anticipated ads ahead of Super Bowl LVIII

After facing an enormous amount of backlash in the last year due to its campaign with trans activist and TikTok star Dylan Mulvaney, Bud Light’s Super Bowl ad is probably going to be one of the most talked about this year. The teaser features an unrecognizable man in sunglasses and a Bud Light T-shirt with a group of football fans watching in awe and asking who the man is.

Uber Eats released a teaser trailer for its Super Bowl ad, and it features power couple David and Victoria Beckham.

Doritos will be promoting its latest product, Dinamita, in its Super Bowl ad and will feature Emmy Award-nominated actress Jenna Ortega.

BetMGM’s Super Bowl ad will certainly make Tom Brady fans happy since he will be making an appearance along with actor Vince Vaughn and former professional hockey player Wayne Gretzky.

Drumstick’s ad will feature comedian Eric André as he tries to make it through airport security with a bag full of ice cream cones.

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Why is the Super Bowl on a Sunday?

Every Super Bowl
since the first one in 1967 has been hosted and broadcast on Sunday to millions of Americans. Sunday, being a day when many individuals are at home and available to watch television, ensures a broad audience for the game, contributing to higher advertising revenue.

The tradition of hosting the Super Bowl on a Sunday has become deeply ingrained in American culture, establishing Super Bowl Sunday as a special day for sports, entertainment, and gatherings. 

There have been talks and calls to move the Super Bowl to Saturday so that Americans can enjoy the event without having to work the next day.

“That [idea] has been around for a long time, people have talked about that,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, according to CBS Sports. “The reason we haven’t done it in the past is simply just from an audience standpoint. The audiences on Sunday night are so much larger. Fans want to have the best opportunity to be able to see the game, and we want to give that to them, so Sunday night is a better night.”

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Biden skips Super Bowl interview for second year in a row

Legendary political strategist James Carville argued Saturday that the White House has little confidence in President Biden after he turned down a Super Bowl Sunday interview.

Biden recently declined to take part in the Super Bowl Sunday interview for the second year in a row. The interview is a tradition that began in 2009 with President Obama.

The interview is generally seen as a way for the president to connect with a massive audience that doesn’t usually tune into political conferences. Last year, the Super Bowl between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles saw 115 million viewers.

Carville, a long-time Democrat, gave his take on the situation while being interviewed on CNN on Saturday.

“It’s the biggest television audience, not even close, and you get a chance to do a 20-, 25-minute interview on that day,” Carville began.

“And you don’t do it? That’s a kind of sign that the staff or yourself doesn’t have much confidence in you,” Carville continued. “There’s no other way to read this.”

Fox News’ Andrea Vacchiano contributed to this report.

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Six-time Pro Bowler Chad Johnson says he’ll give up sex, marriage and McDonald’s if the Chiefs lose

Chad Johnson is just one of many celebrities in Las Vegas for media tours ahead of the Super Bowl, so plenty of big bets are being made.

However, there may be none bigger than this one.

OchoCinco is so confident about his pick for the big game, he’s willing to risk three of the most important things in his life: McDonald’s, his wife and sex — in no particular order.

The six-time Pro Bowler says there is zero chance the Kansas City Chiefs lose, and he’s apparently putting a lot on the line.

When asked by Bleacher Report Betting what he’d be willing to bet on the Chiefs, his first reply was hilarious.

“If the Chiefs lose, I won’t eat McDonald’s anymore. Ever,” the Cincinnati Bengals legend said.

When Johnson realized he could say “whatever” he wanted during the interview, he got a little bit more personal.

“Matter fact, if the Chiefs lose, I’ll divorce my wife and no more sex for the rest of the year. That’s how confident I am,” he said. 

That last part is definitely risking a lot, as OchoCinco has never shied away from his life in the bedroom. He recently was on an Instagram Live video with former teammate Terrell Owens about their “lil orgy” with “17 women in 12 hours.”

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Taylor Swift’s Super Bowl entrance will likely be concealed

Security Industry Association (SIA) CEO Don Erickson told Fox News Digital
that Taylor Swift will most likely try to conceal her entrance and exit from Allegiant Stadium on Feb. 11, for her own safety and the safety of others.

“While it may not be a common tactic for celebrities to conceal themselves in containers or broom carts when entering or exiting a stadium, it is likely necessary given the fan fixation on Swift and hysteria surrounding her relationship with Travis Kelce,” Erickson said. 

He continued, “To avoid crowd management issues that might result from large numbers of people trying to push towards the celebrity if spotted, she will likely conceal her movements in the stadium and her entrance and exit for her own protection – and the protection of other patrons.”

A private jet flying from Tokyo to LAX landed in the afternoon on Saturday. The plane is believed to have been carrying Swift from Japan.

After Super Bowl LVIII, she is expected to continue touring for fans in Australia, Asia, Europe, the U.S. and Canada through the fall.

Fox News’ Janelle Ash and Lauryn Overhultz contributed to this report.

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McCaffrey nixed Culpo’s Super Bowl suite purchase: ‘I will not let anybody pay to watch me play’

Lisa McCaffrey, the mother of San Francisco 49ers running back Christian, wasn’t quite sure where she was sitting to watch her son in the Super Bowl.

Despite McCaffrey’s $11.8 million salary this season, and his fiancée Olivia Culpo’s estimated net worth being between $7 and $10 million, Momma McCaffrey said that not even they could afford a suite for the big game.

“We looked into a suite and none of us can afford it,” Lisa said. “Not even Christian, money bags over there — nor money bags Olivia,” she said on McCaffrey’s podcast, “Your Mom.”

“So, we’re not in a suite, I’ll tell you that right now,” Lisa said.

However, Culpo did try to buy a suite at Allegiant Stadium for the game.

Culpo shared an Instagram story of the price concerns, which she said was “fake news.”

“Happy birthday Lisa I bought you a suite,” Culpo wrote.

During a press conference with reporters last week, McCaffrey said that despite the former Miss Universe’s best efforts, he shut down the idea of her purchasing the suite. 

“She tried to, but I will not let anybody pay to watch me play,” McCaffrey said with a smile. “I had to nix that.”

Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report.

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Joe Thuney suffered a pec strain, Nick Allegretti will start tonight in Super Bowl LVIII

All-Pro guard, of the Kansas City Chiefs, Joe Thuney will miss Super Bowl LVIII as he recovers from a pec injury.

Andy Reid refrained from officially saying that Thuney would miss the big game, but it’s now official after he missed practice all week.

Thuney suffered the injury in the AFC divisional round against the Buffalo Bills.

Fifth-year offensive lineman Nick Allegretti will start in Thuney’s place.

“Next-man-up mentality,” Chiefs right guard Trey Smith said. “Nick is a consummate professional. He’ll be ready to go. He’s done a great job these past couple of weeks of preparation. Our coaches will have us prepared, and Nick will do great.”

Thuney was named a First-team All-Pro for the first time in his career this season. He previously made the Second-team twice. 

He joined the Chiefs in 2021 after spending his first five seasons with the New England Patriots. Talk about some good luck. Thuney is a three-time Super Bowl champion, winning two with the Pats and one with the Chiefs.

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Joe Buck predicts bad story from Super Bowl LVIII: ‘It won’t stay in Vegas’

Many look forward to the festivities to come during Super Bowl week in the game’s first Las Vegas appearance, but one NFL announcer wants no part in participating in what Sin City has to offer.


ESPN’s Joe Buck,
the veteran play-by-play voice for “Monday Night Football,” told an ESPN radio station in his hometown St. Louis that he has “no desire” to be in Las Vegas the week before the Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers.

And it’s certainly not because he thinks it’s going to be a bad game. It’s the bad that can happen before it for those attending.

“It’s a lot of logistics. It’s a lot of congestion,” he told “The Opening Drive” on 101 ESPN.

“I’m not that way. I’m not looking for the Maxim party and going out all night. It’s just not my thing, and then you combine that with Vegas.

“There’s going to be some story. There’s going to be something that happens because it’s Vegas, and it won’t stay in Vegas. It’s going to be a big something that happens. I don’t know what it is. I have no idea. I just think that is going to be a mess in my mind.”

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Most popular Super Bowl city locations in history

The Super Bowl is coming to Las Vegas for the very first time tonight.

Super Bowl LVIII will be held at Allegiant Stadium today marking the first time the city has been host.

The Chiefs come straight off a 2023 Super Bowl win. That game was played against the Philadelphia Eagles at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Miami

So far, Miami has hosted more Super Bowls than any other city. There have been 11 games total held in the city. 

The first game held in Miami was in 1968 for Super Bowl II. This game was held at the Orange Bowl.

New Orleans

New Orleans comes in right behind Miami, having hosted a total of 10 Super Bowls over the years. Most of the games have been held at Caesars Superdome, formally Louisiana Superdome and Mercedes-Benz Superdome, with three at Tulane Stadium. 

The 2025 Super Bowl is set to be played in New Orleans, so it will be tied with Miami once the game is played. 

Greater Los Angeles

On Jan. 15. 1967, the very first Super Bowl, then known as the NFL-AFL World Series Championship, was played at the Memorial coliseum in Los Angeles. 

Fox News’ Ashlyn Messier contributed to this report.

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Pregame performances, halftime and more: Everything you need to know ahead of game time

The final game of the season between the 49ers and Chiefs is to be played today at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. It’s the first time in NFL history that the Super Bowl will be held in the city, and it’s a rematch of Super Bowl LIV.

Here are a few things to know ahead of the game. 

Reba McEntire will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the game.

McEntire is included in a pregame entertainment lineup that includes Post Malone and Andra Day. Malone will sing “America the Beautiful.” Day will sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also known as the Black national anthem.

Usher was confirmed as the Super Bowl headline back in September. Usher has also been considering guests for possible collaborations onstage. Some of his top songs include features from Alicia Keys, Pitbull, Lil Jon and Ludacris.

The NFL has not seen a back-to-back Super Bowl champion since the 2003 and 2004 New England Patriots. With comparisons between Mahomes and Tom Brady beginning to ramp up, Mahomes could add another accolade to his already impressive resume – back-to-back champion.

Mahomes and the Chiefs defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII last year.

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Taylor Swift arrives at Super Bowl LVIII with star-studded entourage

Taylor Swift touched down in Las Vegas Sunday afternoon with actress Blake Lively and rapper Ice Spice ahead of Super Bowl LVIII

Swift arrived at the Allegiant Stadium where the San Francisco 49ers will face off against the Kansas City Chiefs. 

The singer was spotted entering the stadium before heading through the San Francisco 49ers side, where her suite is located.

A photo shared to social media highlighted the singer carrying a football shaped bag with the number 87 on it, which is, of course, Travis Kelce’s number. 

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Swift, who finished her epic trek from the Tokyo Dome, is on hand to watch Chiefs tight end Kelce, whom she has been dating for several months.

She first appeared at a game during September, and the Super Bowl marks her 13th appearance at a game – 13 being a lucky number for Swift, as her fans well know.

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The “Cruel Summer” singer later revealed that she and Kelce had been seeing each other well before she ever attended a game. 

“I think some people think that they saw our first date at that game? We would never be psychotic enough to hard launch a first date,” she said during her Time Person of the Year interview.

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Swift performed in Japan on Saturday night before a flight across nine time zones and the international date line to reach the U.S.  

After the big game, Taylor will resume her international shows and head to Australia for a show in Melbourne on Feb. 16.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is back in the hospital at Walter Reed

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is back in the hospital at Walter Reed for an “emergent bladder issue,” according to Pentagon officials.

Pentagon Press Secretary Maj. Gen. Patrick S. Ryder confirmed Austin was at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, adding that the deputy defense secretary, joint chiefs of staff, White House and Congress have all been notified.

In a statement, Ryder said Austin was transported by his security detail to Walter Reed at about 2:20 p.m. on Sunday, adding that he is retaining the functions and duties of his office.

“The Deputy Secretary is prepared to assume the functions and duties of the Secretary of Defense, if required,” the statement read. “Secretary Austin traveled to the hospital with the unclassified and classified communications systems necessary to perform his duties.”

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Austin was expected to leave Joint Base Andrews on Tuesday morning to travel to Brussels for the Ukraine Defense Contact Group on Wednesday and the NATO Defense Ministerial on Thursday.

It is too soon to tell if Austin will be able to travel, a senior U.S. defense official said, adding his doctors are assessing the secretary’s condition.

In December, Austin was admitted to Walter Reed and underwent prostate cancer surgery. He developed an infection a week later and was readmitted to the hospital.

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President Biden and other senior administration officials were not told for days about his hospitalization or his cancer.

Despite being admitted to Walter Reed on Jan.1, the Pentagon didn’t inform the public, press or Congress until Jan. 5. 

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Officials also acknowledged that the White House had not been informed about Austin’s hospitalization until Jan. 4. 

On Feb. 1, Austin said he apologized directly to President Biden for not giving advance notice about his hospitalization for prostate cancer treatment.

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“I want to be crystal clear. We did not handle this right and I did not handle this right,” Austin said during a press briefing on Feb. 1, regarding his previous hospitalization. “I should have told the president about my cancer diagnosis. I should have also told my team and the American public, and I take full responsibility. I apologize to my teammates and to the American people.”

Nuns in NY pack their bags, join millions of Americans moving to Florida

Cloistered nuns from Buffalo, New York, announced they have officially left the state for Florida in an effort to find “silence and solitude.”

“Prayerful greetings from sunny Florida! We are happy to report that, sustained by the fervent prayers of so many, we departed from Buffalo the morning of January 14 despite the blizzard, and safely arrived in Jacksonville the following day,” the Discalced Carmelite nuns wrote in a message on their website this month.

The Discalced Carmelite Monastery of the Little Flower of Jesus was established in Buffalo more than a century ago, when “this was a quiet area on the outskirts of the city,” the nuns wrote in a letter on their website in October. Cloistered nuns remain within their convent, separating themselves from the external world in order to dedicate their lives to contemplation and prayer.

Discalced Carmelites were established in 1562 by St. Teresa of Avila, with current nuns taking their example from the Spanish saint. 

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“Now, however, we no longer have the silence and solitude which are requisite for a cloistered Community,” the nuns continued. Local media reported the monastery in Buffalo was located near a busy intersection and park.

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In a bid to find peace and quiet, the religious community sought permission from Rome to move to Florida to an “ideal location for our life of contemplative prayer.” Rome granted the request last year, with the 14 cloistered nuns officially settling into their new home within the Diocese of St. Augustine.

Moving from Buffalo came with “great sorrow and disappointment,” the nuns said in October, with local Bishop Michael Fisher also expressing sadness over the move and thanking them “for their century of service to Western New York.”

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“It was with a heavy heart that I learned of the Carmelite Nuns of the Monastery of the Little Flower of Jesus wish to relocate outside of the diocese to an area that provided the necessary solitude to continue their ministry,” Fisher said in a statement last year.

“The Carmelite Sisters have been an important part of the religious fabric of the Diocese of Buffalo for more than 100 years, when Mother Mary Elias of the Blessed Sacrament, OCD, founded the Discalced Carmelite Monastery in 1920, first on Cottage Street, and then on Carmel Road in North Buffalo,” he wrote.

The nuns detailed in their letter on their website this month that they have comfortably moved into their new home, especially after the Holy Eucharist was brought to their chapel and a priest celebrated Mass.

“It truly became ‘home’ when Jesus Himself came to dwell among us in His Eucharistic Presence after the first Mass in our lovely little chapel. We were moved to tears and well understood the sentiments of Our Holy Mother St. Teresa, who considered that a new foundation was truly established when the Blessed Sacrament was permanently reserved in the tabernacle,” they wrote.

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Millions of other Americans across the country have moved to Florida in recent years, most notably from blue states such as California and New York amid and following the coronavirus pandemic and its government-mandated lockdown orders. More than 1 million people moved to Florida in 2022 alone, with the majority of transplants coming from New York, California and New Jersey, reports show.

Mahomes’ brother allegedly denied VIP access as wife Brittany’s reaction goes viral

Jackson Mahomes was back in the spotlight over the weekend as the brother of the Kansas City Chiefs’ star quarterback Patrick Mahomes appeared to be denied trying to get into his sister-in-law’s section at a party.

The entire Mahomes family was out in Las Vegas enjoying the carpets and the parties the city had to offer with the Super Bowl in town. A video posted on Overtime SZN’s TikTok page showed Mahomes talking to a security guard as he tried to get where Brittany Mahomes was standing.

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The clip then jumps to Brittany Mahomes shrugging her shoulders and getting back to dancing.

“the internet is crazyyyy,” Jackson Mahomes wrote on X as the videos of him made their way across social media.

The squabble at the party came just hours after Page Six reported that Jackson was spotted talking to Travis Kelce’s old girlfriend, Kayla Nicole. The two were seen talking in the Aria Resort & Casino.

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Jackson had been under scrutiny throughout the year as he was charged with aggravated sexual battery over an incident at a Kansas restaurant last March. He pleaded not guilty to the felony charges and saw them get dropped last month.

He could still go to trial over a misdemeanor battery charge.

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The Mahomes family will be cheering on the Chiefs as they take on the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII.

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Travis Kelce’s words to team night before Super Bowl reportedly left them in tears

Kansas City Chiefs star Travis Kelce has been through a whirlwind of media availabilities, sit-down interviews and more national attention leading up to Super Bowl LVIII.

But through all the off-the-field questions about his relationship with pop star Taylor Swift, Kelce’s mind has been solely focused on winning his third Super Bowl ring on Sunday.

That laser focus and determination was vocalized to his Chiefs teammates on Saturday night, and several stars, including quarterback Patrick Mahomes, said their piece to get the team locked in for the “big game.

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CBS Sports’ Tracy Wolfson reported Kelce’s speech being so good it brought teammates, coaches and staff to tears.

“It was like a WWE speech. That was the best and most emotional team meeting in years,” someone in the room told Wolfson.

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Head coach Andy Reid and defensive tackle Chris Jones also gave motivational speeches to the team before taking on the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Kelce, a veteran leader on the Chiefs, is certainly the right man to give a speech to his teammates. He’ll be playing in his fourth Super Bowl in the last five seasons, and he’s been a vital pass catcher for Mahomes on the way to two Super Bowl wins.

Being one of the best tight ends to play the game, Kelce knows performing in the postseason means everything compared to regular-season accolades.

A perfect example was going a perfect 11-for-11 for 116 yards with a touchdown against the NFL’s best defense during the regular season, the Baltimore Ravens. 

Kelce has at least 75 receiving yards in his last 12 playoff games and 13 total touchdowns over that span, which includes three in his last two contests.

That Kelce-Mahomes connection will need to be on full display against a tough San Fran defense if the Chiefs wish to end Sunday night with another Vince Lombardi Trophy.

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Kelce has his teammates’ minds right after his speech, but he knows it all comes down to how they perform when kickoff comes in Las Vegas.

Health officials confirm the first human bubonic plague case is in the US

An Oregon resident has been infected with the state’s first case of bubonic plague since 2015, health officials said last week.

The resident was likely infected with plague by their symptomatic pet cat, Deschutes County Health Services said in a news release on Wednesday.

“All close contacts of the resident and their pet have been contacted and provided medication to prevent illness,” Dr. Richard Fawcett, the Deschutes County health officer, said in the release without identifying the infected resident.

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Officials said there was little risk to the community since the case was identified and treated in the earlier stages of the disease. No additional cases of plague have emerged during the communicable disease investigation. 

The bubonic plague can progress into the more severe and difficult to treat septicemic plague (bloodstream infection) and/or pneumonic plague (lung infection) if not diagnosed early.

The last case of human plague in Oregon was reported in 2015, according to Oregon Health Authority.

Humans typically begin to show symptoms of the plague within two to eight days of exposure. Symptoms can include a sudden onset of fever, nausea, weakness, chills, muscle aches and visibly swollen lymph nodes called buboes.  

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Humans can be infected through bites or contact with infected fleas or animals.

In Central Oregon, officials warned that the most common animals to carry bubonic plague are squirrels and chipmunks, though they noted that mice and other rodents can also carry the disease. 

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To prevent the spread of the plague, officials recommend that residents and pets avoid all contact with rodents and fleas, including sick, injured or dead rodents. 

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Biden’s border boss offers explanation for why he hasn’t fixed the migrant crisis

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who narrowly escaped impeachment last week, said Sunday that the Biden administration doesn’t “bear responsibility for a broken system,” demanding Congress enact legislation to mitigate what has become an illegal migration crisis during this election year.

“No doubt there is gridlock in Congress. But do you bear responsibility for what is happening at the border with the president himself? It’s called a crisis,” NBC host Kristen Welker asked during an interview with Mayorkas on “Meet the Press.”

“It certainly is a crisis. And we don’t bear responsibility for a broken system. And we’re doing a tremendous amount within that broken system. But fundamentally … Congress is the only one who can fix it,” Mayorkas said.

“There is no question that we have a broken system,” he added. “There is no question that we have a challenge, a crisis at the border. And there is no question that Congress needs to fix it. And we’re doing everything we can within that broken system, short of legislation to address what is a not just a challenge for the United States but one throughout our region.”

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Since Mayorkas took the helm at the Department of Homeland Security three years ago, Welker noted, the asylum case backlog has more than tripled since 2019 and more migrants have crossed the border illegally in 2023 than ever before. She pointed to how Mayorkas himself has said that more than 85% of migrants crossing the border illegally are being released into the U.S. as they await their court dates.

“Let’s just put impeachment aside for a minute. Why do you deserve to keep your job, Mr. Secretary?” she asked. 

“The data that you cite is a powerful example of why we need legislation to fix what everyone agrees is a broken immigration system,” Mayorkas said. “Before the last three years, that case backlog, which is about 3 million cases, has been growing year over year over year. The time between when we encounter an individual at the border and the time of final adjudication of an asylum claim case has been years, five to seven years, for years and years.”

“I remember when I entered the Department of Homeland Security in 2009, we were wrestling with these very same issues. The system has not been fixed for 30 years. A bipartisan group of senators have now presented us with the tools and resources we need – bipartisan group. And yet, Congress killed it before even reading it,” he said.

Mayorkas was referring to how the U.S. Senate on Wednesday failed to pass a $118 billion supplemental spending agreement that included aid for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, as well as an ambitious border security and immigration package that drew widespread opposition from conservative Republicans in both chambers since its release just days earlier. Wednesday’s vote was 50-49. It needed 60 votes to pass. The vote went mostly along party lines, except for five Democrat no votes and four Republicans voting yes.

Welker pressed Mayorkas on why President Biden would not shut down the border immediately – as Republicans have called on him to do – and “just let the courts try to stop him.”

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“We have taken executive actions already. We continuously review what options are available to us, but those are always challenged in the courts, and whether or not they see the light of day and actually are able to be operationalized is an open question,” Mayorkas said. “That is why the bipartisan group of senators actually prepared and presented a piece of legislation that would … base it in statute, the ability to close the border for a limited period of time, an extreme measure, and would it would be immune from court challenge because it is statutorily based.”

“If it were done legislatively, no doubt you wouldn’t have these these legal challenges, but isn’t trying to do something better than doing nothing at all? Why doesn’t President Biden try to shut down the border? Are you encouraging him to do that?” Welker insisted.

“Well, we have already taken important steps. We certainly haven’t done nothing. I will tell you, we issued a regulation that circumvention of lawful pathways that increased, that actually created a rebuttable presumption of ineligibility for asylum seekers if they did not avail themselves of the lawful pathways that we built. And so we’ve done a tremendous amount. It’s very important to remember we have removed, returned or expelled more individuals in the past three years than the prior administration did in all four.”

Asked if he was considering reinstating the Remain in Mexico policy on Sunday, Mayorkas told Welker, “First of all, it depends upon Mexico’s agreement. And Mexico has articulated publicly that it will not allow the re-implementation of Remain in Mexico, number one. Number two, it’s been challenged in the courts. And number three, remember something, that Remain in Mexico was implemented in January of 2019. In 2019, there was almost a 100% increase in the number of encounters at our southwest border over 2018.”

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The Republican-led House of Representatives on Tuesday failed to impeach Mayorkas over his handling of the crisis at the southern border. It was considered a crushing defeat for the Republican majority, which held hearings throughout 2023 on Mayorkas’ apparent “dereliction of duty” and additional hearings on the impeachment articles themselves this year. 

Lawmakers accused Mayorkas of disregarding federal law with “open border policies” that have made the ongoing crisis at the southern border worse. They have pointed to the rolling back of Trump-era policies, like border wall construction and Remain in Mexico, and reducing interior enforcement and expanding “catch-and-release.” They say it has fueled record numbers at the southern border, breaching the 300,000 mark in December.

Fox News’ Elizabeth Elkind and Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

Biden slams companies for ‘shrinkflation’ in Super Bowl Sunday video

President Joe Biden took to social media on Sunday ahead of the Super Bowl to criticize food and beverage companies for “shrinkflation” consumers have encountered as the companies downsize their products to compensate for higher input costs.

“It’s Super Bowl Sunday – if you’re anything like me, you like to be surrounded by a snack or two while watching the big game,” Biden said in a video post on X, formerly Twitter. “You know, when buying snacks for the game, you might’ve noticed one thing, sports drinks bottles are smaller, bag of chips has fewer chips, but they’re still charging us just as much.”

“As an ice cream lover, what makes me the most angry is that ice cream cartons have actually shrunk in size, but not in price,” Biden said. “I’ve had enough of what they call ‘shrinkflation.’ It’s a rip-off. Some companies are trying to pull a fast one by shrinking their products little by little and hoping you won’t notice. Give me a break.” 

“The American public is tired of getting played for suckers. I’m calling on companies to put a stop to this. Let’s make sure businesses do the right thing now,” he added.

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Companies in the food and beverage industry have sought to address rising costs of ingredients and other production inputs by shrinking their product offerings in the last few years as inflation hit the U.S. economy

Inflation peaked at 9.1% in June 2022 before gradually declining following the Federal Reserve’s interest rate hikes. As of December, inflation had fallen to 3.4% year-over-year, although that level remains well above the Fed’s 2% target rate which has caused the central bank to hold off on cutting interest rates until it declines further.

The president’s remarks come after Special Counsel Robert Hur released a report on Thursday regarding Biden’s retention of classified documents after the Obama administration and his tenure as vice president concluded.

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Hur opted against bringing charges against Biden despite his improper retention of national security documents after the president demonstrated what the special counsel characterized as memory and recall issues during his interviews with investigators.

The special counsel wrote that his team considered that if charges had been brought against Biden and the case went to trial, “Mr. Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.”

“Based on our direct interactions and observations of him, he is someone from whom many jurors will want to identify reasonable doubt,” the special counsel’s report stated. “It would be difficult to convince a jury that they should convict him – by then a former president well into his eighties – of a serious felony that requires a mental state of willfulness.”

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The report noted that Biden’s “memory also appeared to have significant limitations” and that the president “did not remember when he was vice president, forgetting on the first day of the interview when his term ended (‘if it was 2013 – when did I stop being Vice President?’), and forgetting on the second day of the interview when his term began (‘in 2009, am I still Vice President?’)”

The 81-year-old Biden also “did not remember, even within several years, when his son Beau died. And his memory appeared hazy when describing the Afghanistan debate that was once so important to him. Among other things, he mistakenly said he ‘had a real difference’ of opinion with General Karl Eikenberry, when, in fact, Eikenberry was an ally whom Mr. Biden cited approvingly in his Thanksgiving memo to President Obama,” the report said.

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Biden addressed the nation Thursday night to say that his memory is “fine” and said that he is the “most qualified person in this country to be president,” as his detractors pointed to the special counsel’s report as being the latest indication he is suffering from age-related mental acuity challenges. 

The White House counsel’s office requested Hur revise some of the language in the report. Robert Bauer, Biden’s personal attorney, appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” and criticized the special counsel for “characterizations, factual misstatements, pejorative comments about the president that are inconsistent with DOJ policy and norms.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.