In the recent Super Bowl LVIII, the NFL’s playoff overtime rules were put to the test. The game-ending touchdown in overtime was caught by Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman, but he didn’t realize that his team had won. It was only after Patrick Mahomes informed him in the end zone that they had just secured a victory that Hardman finally understood the significance of his catch.
Mahomes shared an amusing story about this moment, recalling how he had to reassure Hardman that they had won the Super Bowl after scoring a touchdown pass to end the game. Hardman was completely oblivious to their success and hadn’t even celebrated initially. This marked the first time that these new overtime rules were put into action during the playoffs, which guaranteed both teams would have a possession even if the receiving team scored a touchdown first.
As a result of this win, Hardman has now earned a place in history, despite not fully comprehending it at the time. Mahomes’ revelation on NFL Network after the game shed light on this unique situation and showed how even in moments of excitement and tension, there is always room for humor and camaraderie among players.