The Kansas City Chiefs made history on Sunday at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas by winning the Super Bowl LVIII over the San Francisco 49ers in overtime. The game ended in a tie after regulation, but a late field goal from Harrison Butker sent it into overtime. This was the second time ever that the Super Bowl has gone to overtime and also marked the first time that it occurred under new postseason overtime rules implemented by the NFL.
Under these new rules, both teams are guaranteed at least one possession in overtime, regardless of whether they score on their first possession. If both teams score during their possessions and the game remains tied, then the next score will determine the winner. In case of a safety forced by the team kicking off on their initial possession, then the game would conclude after just one possession.
The Chiefs won this game with a score of 25-22, marking their second consecutive Super Bowl victory. Their path was helped by these new rules as well as Patrick Mahomes’ performance on field connecting with Mecole Hardman for a touchdown that secured their victory. Mahomes expressed his gratitude towards these rule changes in a post-game interview with ESPN and acknowledged its importance for fairness and equity for both teams involved.