Kansas City Chiefs Make History with Overtime Win in Super Bowl LVIII: New Postseason Rules Put to the Test

Understanding the new NFL rules for overtime in the Super Bowl

The Kansas City Chiefs made history at Super Bowl LVIII by winning in overtime for just the second time in the game’s history. They defeated the San Francisco 49ers with a 25-22 victory at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The game was tied 19-19 after regulation, leading to an overtime period with a late field goal from Harrison Butker.

The NFL’s new postseason overtime rules were put to the test during this game, as both teams received at least one possession in overtime, regardless of the outcome of the first possession. If the score remained tied after each team had a possession, the next score would determine the winner. The game ended after one possession if the kicking team forced a safety.

The 49ers won the coin toss and chose to receive the ball first. They reached the red zone but only kicked a field goal, giving them a 22-19 lead before giving the ball to the Chiefs. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes then connected with Mecole Hardman for a touchdown, resulting in a 25-22 victory and their second consecutive Super Bowl win.

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