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

From Mecole Hardman to NFL Overtime: The Unforgettable Story of the Game-Winning Touchdown in Super Bowl LVIII

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. This was the first game played under the new overtime rules for the playoffs, which ensure that both teams have a possession even if the team that receives the kickoff scores a touchdown.

Mahomes shared a funny story about the moment, recalling that he had to assure Hardman that they had just won after throwing a touchdown pass to him to end the game. He mentioned that Hardman had no idea they had won and didn’t even celebrate initially. By winning this game, Hardman has earned a place in history even though he didn’t realize it at the time, until Mahomes informed him.

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