NFL Honors host Keegan-Michael Key cracks Taylor Swift joke in opening monologue as he quips that the pop star ‘went to more playoff games than Bill Belichick’ this season

  • The comedian also joked about how bad the Carolina Panthers were in 2023
  • Swift has been in attendance at all of the Kansas City Chiefs’ postseason games thus far
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NFL Honors host Keegan-Michael Key made a few jokes involving Taylor Swift during his opening monologue at the awards show.

First, Key mocked the NFL’s worst team with a Swift punchline before unloading on former Patriots head coach Bill Belichick with a pop star reference.

‘Taylor Swift is in Tokyo at the moment. The only thing further from the Super Bowl is the Carolina Panthers,’ Key joked.

“Who would have thought we’d see a season where Taylor Swift went to more playoff games than Bill Belichick?” Key added, getting big laughs from the crowd.

Key is a famous comedian and actor who rose to fame with sketch comedy.

Key made jokes at several people's expense as the host of NFL Honors Thursday night

Key made jokes at several people’s expense as the host of NFL Honors on Thursday night

The NFL Honors were held Thursday, when all of the league's year-end awards were handed out

The NFL Honors were held Thursday, when all of the league’s year-end awards were handed out

After Key finished his Belichick joke, CBS’ cameras cut to Patriots owner Robert Kraft in the audience, who looked equal parts hurt and amused.

A die-hard Detroit Lions fan, Key gave a shoutout to his team and some of his players in the crowd before his next rib.

The Lions won their first playoff games since the 1991 season and had a halftime lead in the NFC Championship Game.

“The last time the Lions were this good was 1991 and back then Eminem was still hot, I still had hair, and Jerry Jones was 81 years old,” Key says, as the cameras pan to a now- 81-year-old Jones smiles in the crowd.

Key also gave a shoutout to Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, saying his time to be in a Super Bowl will come when he starts catching more of his own passes.

Key also listed names of all the successful backup quarterbacks to play this season, with the made-up name ‘Ew Goobley’ in the middle to see if anyone noticed.