Understanding the new NFL rules for overtime in the Super Bowl

Record-Breaking Super Bowl LVIII Goes into Overtime for the First Time with New Postseason Rules

The Super Bowl LVIII game made history as the first time in its history that it went into overtime. The Kansas City Chiefs emerged victorious with a 25-22 win against the San Francisco 49ers at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

The game was tied 19-19 at the end of regulation, leading to overtime with a late field goal from Harrison Butker. However, this was not just any overtime period as it was also the first under the NFL’s new postseason overtime rules. This meant that both teams would get at least one possession in overtime, regardless of the outcome of the first possession. If the score remained tied after each team had a possession, the next score would determine the winner. The game would only end after one possession if the kicking team forced a safety.

The 49ers won the coin toss and chose to receive the ball first, but they were only able to kick a field goal and take a lead of 22-19 before giving it to Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes then connected with Mecole Hardman for a touchdown, resulting in a 25-22 victory and securing his team’s second consecutive Super Bowl win.

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