We obtained to see the NFL’s new playoff extra time guidelines in motion Sunday, when the San Francisco 49ers failed to win the 2024 Super Bowl against the Kansas City Chiefs after Niners head coach Kyle Shanahan chose to take the ball first in overtime. San Francisco‘s first (and solely) extra time possession resulted in a area purpose, after which the Chiefs scored the winning touchdown.
It was the primary time a playoff recreation had gone into extra time for the reason that NFL adopted new guidelines in 2022, which give each groups an opportunity to own the ball. Previous to that, the primary crew to attain a landing in extra time received the sport.
Regardless that the brand new guidelines have been round for 2 seasons, some 49ers gamers had been nonetheless residing in 2021. After their 25-22 loss, a number of informed Lindsay Jones of The Ringer that they didn’t know there were new overtime rules specifically for the playoffs.
A number of San Francisco gamers stated after the sport that they weren’t conscious that the extra time guidelines are completely different within the playoffs than they’re within the common season, and technique discussions over the right way to deal with the extra time interval didn’t happen as a crew. Defensive lineman Arik Armstead stated he discovered the small print of the postseason rule when it was proven on the Allegiant Stadium jumbotron throughout a TV timeout after regulation. Fullback Kyle Juszczyk stated he assumed the 49ers requested to obtain after they received the toss as a result of that’s what you do within the common season, when a landing wins the sport. “I assume that’s not the case. I don’t actually know the technique,” Juszczyk stated.
Shanahan knew the technique, but it surely hadn’t filtered right down to all of the gamers. The Chiefs, alternatively, had been operating Tremendous Bowl extra time drills since coaching camp and spent vital time over the previous few weeks discussing the technique.
The Chiefs’ extra time plan labored out precisely how that they had hoped—and it wasn’t by chance. Kansas Metropolis security Justin Reid informed The Ringer that the Chiefs had first mentioned the brand new extra time guidelines way back to coaching camp. Defensive lineman Chris Jones informed me gamers had been ready for what to anticipate if the Tremendous Bowl went to extra time.
“We talked by means of this for 2 weeks,” Jones stated. “How we was going to present the ball to the opponent; in the event that they scored, we was going for 2 on the finish of the sport. We rehearsed it.”
On condition that a number of Niners gamers admitted they did not know the OT guidelines, the final 5 or 10 minutes of the sport might’ve been wildly completely different. If San Francisco had scored a TD on its first possession as a substitute of a area purpose, there probably would’ve been a number of gamers celebrating on the sideline like they’d simply received the Tremendous Bowl, after they the truth is nonetheless needed to give the ball to the Chiefs.
At the least with the way in which it turned out, the Niners needed to deal solely with shedding the Tremendous Bowl, as a substitute of shedding the Tremendous Bowl and likewise embarrassing themselves by not understanding the principles of the sport they play for a residing. Each storm cloud has a silver lining, proper?