In Super Bowl LVIII, the NFL’s playoff overtime rules were put to the test. The game-ending touchdown was caught by Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman, but he had no idea that he had just won the game for his team. It wasn’t until Patrick Mahomes informed him in the end zone that they had just won the Super Bowl.
Mahomes shared a funny story about the moment, recalling that he had to assure Hardman that they had just won after throwing a touchdown pass to him to end the game. Hardman had no idea they had won and didn’t even celebrate initially. This was the first game played under the new overtime rules for the playoffs, which ensure that both teams have a possession even if the team that receives the kickoff scores a touchdown.
By winning this game, Hardman has earned a place in history even though he didn’t realize it at the time, until Mahomes informed him. The new overtime rules have added an extra layer of excitement to playoff games, as both teams now have an equal chance at victory, regardless of who receives the kickoff.