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Travis Kelce throws up Taylor Swift’s iconic hand-heart gesture after scoring a touchdown

Kansas City Chiefs’ tight-end Travis Kelce made headlines on Sunday, January 21, not just for his on-field prowess but also for a heartwarming touchdown celebration that left fans swooning. The Chiefs secured a victory against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium in New York, securing their spot in the AFC Championship where they will face the Baltimore Ravens.

The game marked a historic achievement for the 34-year-old tight-end and quarterback Patrick Mahomes, as they became the NFL’s record-breaking duo with the most post-season touchdowns. Kelce caught two touchdown passes from Mahomes during the game, bringing their career playoff touchdowns together to an impressive total of 16, surpassing the previous record held by New England Patriots duo Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski at 15.

In a standout moment during the second quarter, after running a pass into the end zone, Kelce celebrated by forming a heart with his hands, directed towards his popstar girlfriend Taylor Swift and his family in the VIP box. Known for his signature point-and-arrow move, this heartfelt gesture resonated with fans, particularly Swifties, who flooded social media platforms, expressing their delight.

Swifties took to X (formerly Twitter) to share their reactions. One fan wrote, “The FEARLESS HEART and a kiss for Taylor I am actually a pool of tears. I love them together so much.” Another exclaimed, “I AM GONNA CRY DEADASS HE DID TAYLOR’S HEART HANDS OMG OMG OMG,” while a third commented, “Omg Travis Kelce just did heart hands at Taylor Swift after his touchdown, football may never recover.”

Travis Kelce’s heart gesture pays homage to Taylor Swift’s iconic symbol, often seen during her performances, particularly in her Fearless (2009) era. Swift explained in a 2011 interview with The New York Times, “The heart-hand symbol means something between ‘I love you’ and ‘thank you.’ It’s just a sweet, simple message that you can deliver without saying a word.”

The relationship between Kelce and Swift has been no secret, with the popstar being a regular attendee at Kansas City Chiefs games since her first appearance at Arrowhead Stadium on September 24. The couple’s story began when Kelce revealed missing an opportunity to give Swift a friendship bracelet during her Eras Tour stop at Arrowhead Stadium in July 2023.

During a recent TIME Person of the Year interview, Swift addressed their relationship, stating, “This all started when Travis very adorably put me on blast on his podcast, which I thought was metal as hell.” She added that they “started hanging out right after that” and emphasized that their first date wasn’t as public as some may think, saying, “We would never be psychotic enough to hard launch a first date.”