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. Mahomes revealed on NFL Network after the game that he had to inform Hardman in the end zone that they had just won.
Mahomes shared a funny story about the moment, recalling that he had to assure Hardman that they had just won the Super Bowl 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. 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.
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. Despite not knowing at first, Hardman’s catch will be remembered as one of