New NFL Rules for Overtime in the Super Bowl: How Does It Work?

In history, the Super Bowl made a mark on Sunday by going into overtime for just the second time ever. The Kansas City Chiefs won over the San Francisco 49ers with a score of 25-22 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas to claim Super Bowl LVIII. The game ended regulation in a 19-19 tie, following a late field goal from Harrison Butker that sent the game into overtime.

Notable about this game was not only its overtime status but also that it was the first Super Bowl to occur under new postseason overtime rules implemented by the NFL. These new rules guarantee both teams at least one possession in overtime, regardless of whether the initial team gets the ball scores. If both teams score during their possessions and the score remains tied, then the next score will determine the winner. If a team kicking off forces a safety on their first possession, then they would conclude after just one possession.

The game started with San Francisco winning the coin toss and choosing to receive first. Although they advanced into the red zone, their drive stalled and they settled for a field goal, giving them a 22-19 lead and passing onto Kansas City’s possession. Mahomes connected with Mecole Hardman for a touchdown to secure victory for his team with a final score of 25-22.

This win marked Kansas City’s second consecutive Super Bowl victory, but their path was helped by these new postseason overtime rules as well as Mahomes expressing uncertainty about any further amendments in future games

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