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The NFL’s Playoff Overtime Rules: Mecole Hardman’s History-Making Touchdown and the Lack of Knowledge of the Rules.


Feb 12, 2024
Patrick Mahomes has to inform Mecole Hardman of overtime rule in order to secure game-winning touchdown

The NFL’s playoff overtime rules are not well-known, and this includes the player who scored the game-ending touchdown in overtime of Super Bowl LVIII. Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman, who caught the game-winning pass from Patrick Mahomes in overtime, didn’t realize that the Chiefs had won the game.

The first game played under the new overtime rules for the playoffs was Super Bowl LVIII. This meant that both teams would have a possession even if the team that received the kickoff scored a touchdown. Mahomes shared a funny story about this moment, recalling that he had to assure Hardman that they had just won after throwing a touchdown pass to him to end the game. According to Mahomes, Hardman had no idea they had won and didn’t even celebrate initially.

It wasn’t until later when Mahomes informed him that they had just won Super Bowl LVIII. Despite not realizing it at first, Hardman has earned a place in history for scoring the game-ending touchdown in overtime.

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