‘Why is nobody talking about this,’ say baffled NFL fans after learning about little-known overtime rule in Super Bowl

NFL fans were confused about a Super Bowl overtime rule after the Kansas City Chiefs’ 25-22 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs claimed the victory after a touchdown drive with seconds left on the clock in overtime.

NFL fans learned about a little-known Super Bowl rule after the Kansas City Chiefs' overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers

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NFL fans learned about a little-known Super Bowl rule after the Kansas City Chiefs’ overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ersCredit: Reuters
Star quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw a three-yard pass to wideout Mecole Hardman with seconds left in overtime

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Star quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw a three-yard pass to wideout Mecole Hardman with seconds left in overtimeCredit: The Mega Agency

The 49ers settled for a field goal in overtime after winning the coin toss and receiving the ball.

Kansas City executed a 13-play, 73 yard touchdown drive when Mahomes threw a three-yard pass to wide receiver Mecole Hardman for the win.

Prior to the game-sealing play, CBS commentators Jim Nantz and Tony Romo made remarks about the clock getting closer and closer to hitting triple zeroes.

The overtime began with 15 minutes on the clock.

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However, the game would’ve continued if time expired.

Referee Bill Vinovich told both teams and TV viewers that overtime is the start of a “new game.”

The Chiefs’ first overtime possession would’ve continued if the clock had expired, and a new overtime quarter would’ve started.

Those are different rules compared to the regular season when the Chiefs would’ve had to score points to either tie or win before the end of overtime.

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NFL fans were flustered over the little-known rule, and didn’t understand the league has a clock in the big game.

One asked, “What was the purpose of the clock in overtime in the Super Bowl? Why is nobody talking about this?”

Another commented, “I had no idea about this rule.”

While a third stated, “This rule baffles me.”

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