The Super Bowl made history on Sunday by going to overtime for the second time ever. The Kansas City Chiefs emerged victorious over the San Francisco 49ers with a final score of 25-22 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
What made this game unique was not just the overtime, but also the fact that it was the first Super Bowl played under new postseason overtime rules implemented by the NFL. These rules guarantee that both teams get at least one possession in overtime, regardless of whether the initial receiving team scores. If both teams score during their possession and the score remains tied, then the next score will determine the winner. In case a team forces a punt on their opening possession, the game ends after only one possession.
The game began with the 49ers winning the coin toss and choosing to receive first. Despite making it into red zone, their drive stalled and they settled for a field goal, giving them an early lead of 22-19 and turning it over to Kansas City. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes connected with McCall Hardman for a touchdown later on, securing victory for his team.
The win marked Kansas City’s second consecutive Super Bowl victory, but it was helped by a change in NFL’s postseason overtime rules which came under scrutiny after a divisional round playoff game between Buffalo Bills and Chiefs earlier that year where Bills didn’t get any possessions in overtime resulting in Chiefs winning on first drive. Mahomes indicated in an interview with ESPN after the game that he acknowledges rule change and expressed uncertainty about future changes in rules .