Taylor Swift and Roger Goodell.
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NFL Fans Think League Is 'Rigging' Games for Taylor Swift

Following a pivotal missed holding call during the Chiefs-Jets game Sunday night, NFL fans think the league is rigging games for Taylor Swift.

Any time NFL fans can concoct a conspiracy that demonstrates that the games are fixed, they will, and the Taylor Swift dynamic with the Kansas City Chiefs and her relationship with tight end Travis Kelce is the latest theory.

Swift has attended the two most recent Chiefs games, and the team is 2-0. The first was at Arrowhead Stadium against the Chicago Bears, where they scored over 40 points in a decisive win. In Week 4 on Sunday Night Football against the New York Jets, the Chiefs won 23-20 after leading 17-0.

Part of the controversy surrounding Swift's attendance and games being "rigged" was Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes converting a 3rd-and-22 play with his legs, running straight up the middle.

To be fair, Chiefs left tackle Donovan Smith is holding Jermaine Johnson quite egregiously to the point where Johnson hits him over the head with his hand. That should've been a holding call, but no penalty was assessed.

The NFL's official X account also put Swift across their header, which certainly isn't a great look.

The header remained the same as of writing.

During the same drive the Chiefs converted that 3rd and 22, there was a holding call on the Jets. As you can see in the clip below, the flag doesn't come out until after Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes throws an interception, which was negated after the penalty.

On top of this, sports bettors watched Mahomes slide just before crossing into the end zone to go up 30-20, which would've covered the spread of 8.5-9.5 points, depending on where you looked.

So, with all of this, the NFL is once again drawing a stigma from fans about being rigged. While this is utterly unlikely, that final drive leaves more questions than answers for us to ponder.

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