The NFL’s playoff overtime rules have been in place since 2017, but many players and fans are still not well-versed in them. One such player is Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman, who caught the game-ending touchdown pass from Patrick Mahomes in overtime of Super Bowl LVIII.
Hardman didn’t realize that the Chiefs had won the game until Mahomes informed him in the end zone after throwing a touchdown pass to him to end the game. This was the first time that both teams had an equal opportunity to score a touchdown under the new overtime rules, which were implemented to ensure fairness and avoid sudden-death scenarios.
Mahomes shared a funny story about this moment, recalling how he had to reassure Hardman that they had just won the Super Bowl. Hardman had no idea that they were leading and didn’t even celebrate initially. But with Mahomes’ help, he quickly realized that they were now champions and went on to celebrate with his teammates.
The win marked a significant milestone for Hardman, as it cemented his place in history as one of the players who helped lead the Kansas City Chiefs to their first ever Super Bowl victory under these new rules. Despite not fully realizing it at the time, he has earned a spot in NFL history for his role in this memorable playoff game.