Super Bowl heads to overtime for only second time in NFL history: 49ers-Chiefs play under new rules

For only the second time in NFL history, the Super Bowl went to overtime.

Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker sent the game to overtime when he hit a 29-yard field goal with just three seconds left to tie things with the 49ers at 19. It was Butker’s fourth field goal of the game.

If there’s anyone on the field who knows about Super Bowl overtime, it’s definitely Kyle Shanahan. The 49ers coach was on the field for the first Super Bowl overtime when his Falcons lost to the Patriots 34-28 in Super Bowl LI. The Falcons famously blew a 28-3 lead in a game where Shanahan was the offensive coordinator.

For the first time, both teams will be allowed possession in overtime. Here are the rules for the postseason, which was implemented in 2022:

  • The captain who loses the first overtime coin toss will either choose to take possession of the ball or choose which goal his team will save, unless the team winning the coin toss avoids that choice.
  • Each team will have a chance to possess the ball in overtime.
  • Each team has three timeouts during the half.
  • The same time rules that apply at the end of the second and fourth regulation periods also apply at the end of the second or fourth overtime period.
  • If there is still no winner at the end of the fourth overtime period, there will be a second coin toss, and play will continue until a winner is declared.

Under the new rules, if the team that gets the ball first scores a touchdown, the game is not over, even if the other team gets at least one possession. If both teams score the same points in one of their possessions, the game changes to sudden death.

The rules were changed in 2022 when the Bills did not receive the ball in an overtime loss to the Chiefs during the 2021 divisional playoffs.

In the end, it was the Chiefs who won 25-22 in OT for their second straight Super Bowl win and third in four years.

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