49ers players admit being unaware of overtime rules in Super Bowl LVIII: 'It was a surprise'
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NFL fans saw the league’s new postseason overtime rules in effect during Super Bowl LVIII between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night.
As the game went into overtime, the league reminded fans on X about the rules. Both teams have the opportunity to get the ball at least once during overtime unless the team kicking off received a safety on the team’s initial possession. If one team has more points than its opponent after the two possessions, it is declared the winner.
If the game is tied after the two possessions or neither team scored on their first possession, then the game goes into sudden death.
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San Francisco 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk walks off the field after Super Bowl LVIII, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Chiefs players said they had gone over a strategy in case the game went into overtime. Niners players admitted they didn’t know the rules for overtime. San Francisco won the coin toss and chose to receive the ball first.
"You know what? I didn't even realize the playoff rules were different in overtime," 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk said after the game, via ESPN. "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."
Niners defensive end Arik Armstead also didn’t know the rules.
"I didn't even know about the new playoff overtime rule, so it was a surprise to me," he said, via ESPN. "I didn't even really know what was going on in terms of that."
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