Don’t Blame the 49ers. They Just Happened to Miss NFL Overtime Rules in the Game of a Lifetime. No Biggie.

It’s not really that big of a deal. Really.

So what if you can’t remember every rule?

Some of the NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers admitted that they didn’t know about a change to the NFL postseason, where each team is guaranteed a possession and the team receiving the opening kickoff cannot win the game with a touchdown, before Patrick Mahomes connected with Mecole Hardman to win the Super Bowl 25–22.

During NFL regular season games, the team scoring a touchdown on the first in overtime does in fact win the game. In the modern NFL Playoff Postseason, each team is in fact guaranteed a possession. For years, the NFL overtime was decided by a sudden death score.

The first team to score, wins.

Photo Courtesy of Philadelphia Sports Nation on X.

In 56 years, only one other Super Bowl has gone into overtime. That was in 2017 when the Falcons played the Patriots. Atlanta took an early 28–3 lead on that game, only to lose in overtime to New England 34–28.

The Falcons offensive coordinator that day, you guessed it.

Kyle Shanahan.

Back in 2008, The Eagles (another Andy Reid team) was criticized for not knowing the overtime rules and not playing with any urgency in an eventual 13–13 tie.

After that game, McNabb said that he didn’t know that a tie was possible in an NFL overtime game.

“You know what? I didn’t even realize the playoff rules were different in overtime,” 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk told CNN. “I assume you just want the ball to score a touchdown and win.

“I guess that’s not the case. I don’t totally know the strategy there. We hadn’t talked about it, no.”

Then again, why talk about it?

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