Super Bowl LVIII between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers was only the second time a major game went to overtime.
It was the first time the Super Bowl (or any playoff game) had exceeded the rules since the NFL also changed its overtime rules.
The Niners won the coin toss before overtime Sunday night in Las Vegas and took the field, but had to settle for a field goal by Jake Moody. Thanks to the new rules, quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs got one chance to have the ball, and that was enough, as the six-time Pro Bowler connected with wide receiver Mecole Hardman for the game-winning touchdown in a 25-22 victory.
According to report The Ringer's Lindsay Jones found that there were players in Kansas City and San Francisco with very different levels of knowledge about the new postseason overtime rules.
Jones wrote that when Mahomes and 49ers All-Pro guard Fred Warner met in midfield for the overtime coin toss, the two stars received “very different instructions from their head coaches.”
If Warner won the toss (which he did), San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan wanted the team to get the ball first. If Mahomes won, he would opt for an offense led by Brock Purdy.
Per Jones Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said his team's strategy “turned out to be the right one” but “could easily have gone the other way.”
“I will never question Kyle because he is brilliant, but it was something we chose and during our studies we felt it was important,” Reid added.
The league implemented new overtime rules in 2022, essentially inspired by this year's playoff victory against the Buffalo Bills in the divisional round. Ironically, Mahomes and company lost in similar fashion to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game in January 2019.