Super Bowl Kansas Chiefs vs San Francisco 49ers live updates: Christian McCaffrey fumble is horror start for underdogs

Welcome to news.com.au’s coverage of Super Bowl LVIII between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers.

The 49ers are the slight favourites to win their first NFL championship since 1994, while the Chiefs will become the next NFL’s dynasty team if they can win a third Super Bowl in five years.

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49ers punter Mitch Wishnowsky is aiming to become the first Australian to play in and win a Super Bowl.

All eyes will be on Taylor Swift, who will be at the game in Las Vegas to cheer on Chiefs star Travis Kelce. You can follow all Taylor Swift updates here.

The Super Bowl will kick off at 10.30am AEDT, with Usher’s halftime entertainment scheduled for around midday.

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10.46am – Horror start for 49ers

The 49ers have had a horror start to the Super Bowl, turning the ball over on their first drive of the game.

After three first downs, they were in Kansas City territory before Leo Chenal ripped the ball out of Christian McCaffrey’s hands and George Karlaftis fell on the ball.

It was just McCaffrey’s third lost fumble this season in a brutal start for the star 49ers running back.

10.39am – Swift’s lucky charm to strike again?

Here we go. The Super Bowl is underway in Las Vegas.

The 49ers are the favourites but Kansas City are hoping Taylor Swift can be their lucky charm again. Kelce’s stats are up across the board when Swift attends his games.

The popstar is in the crowd at Allegiant Stadium and was spotted in a box with actor Blake Lively.

10.04am – AFL great relives heartbreak

St Kilda legend Nick Riewoldt has appeared on ESPN’s pre-game coverage for the second year in a row after he moved with his family to America.

Asked to give his thoughts on the game, Riewoldt said young 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy would be feeling the pressure, and pushed back on claims teams should just be happy to play in the Super Bowl even if they go on to lose.

9am – Travis Kelce ready to go

Travis Kelce, aka Taylor Swift’s boyfriend, is ready to go after warming up on the field at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

The Kansas City tight end looked in good spirits as he aims to win his third Super Bowl ring.

8.50am – Chiefs star axed over Insta post

Kansas City wide receiver Kadarius Toney is not expected to play in Super Bowl 2024 against the 49ers, despite being taken off the Chiefs injury report this week.

Toney has not played since Week 15 of the season and created a stir during the AFC Championship game when he said he was “not hurt” during a expletive-filled Instagram Live video, despite the team saying he was out with a hip injury as well as personal reasons.

Toney claimed the audio was edited to seem like he was attacking the Chiefs, and oddly blamed New York Giants fans for the fiasco.

Toney was heard cursing and saying: “I’m not hurt, none of that. Hip, knee, nuh-uh.”

“It made it like I was attacking the one I love the most,” said Toney, who was drafted in the first round by the Giants in 2021 and has feuded with the fanbase since he was traded to the Chiefs last season.

“I never attacked the Chiefs. Never said anything about the Chiefs. Who I was referring to was the Giants fans, whoever people who might come at my live recording. I was referring to them, which I shouldn’t have.”

“We’ll see how that goes,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said in the lead up.

“He’s been practising, and we’ll just see whether he’s up.”

8.40am – Super Bowl to be most watched ever

Super Bowl LVIII is expected to attract the most eyeballs in history, thanks to Taylor Swift bringing in a large female audience.

The Sun reports Swift has given the NFL a AUD$509 million boost with the cost of TV ad slots skyrocketing.

8.30am – Drake curse to strike again?

Canadian rapper Drake is renowned for placing mammoth bets on sporting games and he’s done it again for the Super Bowl.

Drake shared on Instagram he had bet USD$1.15 million (AUD$1.7million) on the Kansas City Chiefs, which would give him a payout of AUD$3.6 million if they win.

Originally published as Super Bowl LVIII Chiefs vs 49ers live: Underdogs make horror early mistake