Some NFL fans on social media have accused the Super Bowl of being rigged after the Kansas City Chiefs won the award for the second consecutive year.
The Chiefs made sure to retain the trophy by defeating the San Francisco 49ers 25–22 in Las Vegas.
This is the third time they have achieved the prestigious award, with the seventh longest match in history ending after almost 75 minutes of play.
This event was the first time the Super Bowl used its overtime rules which give both teams a chance to score a touchdown in four 15-minute quarters.
Super Bowl fans allege the big game was ‘rigged’ despite no evidence to support it
At the beginning of the month, CBS Sports president Sean McManus said: “The NFL has alerted us that, for the first time, we will have a double overtime game (in the Super Bowl).”
But some fans on social media now claim that McManus’ comments prove that the Super Bowl was rigged, because overtime was called correctly.
“The 49ers won before the late night point dump. Rigged! #SuperBowl,” were the words of a second.
A third said: “#SuperBowl is more rigged for the Chiefs and Swift than pro wrestling.”
“The Super Bowl was clearly rigged. I don’t know if anyone else noticed, but they stayed away from the game to show us the product?” The fourth said.
A fifth raised the conspiracy theory, saying: “The 49ers deserved that win. It’s so rigged, I hope you guys can see that it’s really rigged.
“Chiefs, you guys are so lucky Taylor Swift saved you guys.”
A sixth said: “The NFL actually rigged the Chiefs’ win for Taylor Swift’s money.”
And a seventh said: “The NFL is not a real sport, it was written to make the Chiefs win.”
However, not everyone agreed.
“Whoever claims the #SuperBowl is rigged is facing trouble,” another
Another defended the massive incident by saying: “I’m sorry, but the people saying the game is rigged don’t understand the literal meaning of that?
“You’re telling me the teams should meet, explain their games to each other, and play rehearsal games before the big game? Right.”
And a third dismissed the claims by saying: “Because not everyone is thinking the Super Bowl is rigged because their team won.”
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The Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl by defeating the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night
Other conspiracy theories have also emerged, with no evidence to support them.
They include Travis Kelce’s team winning because he is vaccinated against the coronavirus, while others say the Chiefs were destined to win because of his relationship with Taylor Swift.
Kelce and his Chiefs teammates aren’t likely to care.
And the 34-year-old made it clear when speaking after the game that he was eager for more success after securing Super Bowl glory for the third time in his career.
“The goal has always been to get three,” he said.
Travis Kelce was happy after winning the Super Bowl for the third time in his career
“But we couldn’t get here without reaching two. And that target will be on our backs all year long.
“And I love these guys right here. The men we just won this with…family forever, baby.”
“I couldn’t be more proud of you guys. And how about this? We get to do this three times in a row!”