The Super Bowl on Sunday went into overtime for only the second time in history. This was also the first time that this occurred under the revised rules. These new rules guarantee each team a chance to possess the ball, meaning that the decision for the team that wins the coin flip is now more intriguing than in the past.
After winning the toss, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan chose to receive over kick off or defer. The team then drove for a field goal to open the extra period. However, the Chiefs then drove 72 yards before a Patrick Mahomes touchdown pass to Mecole Hardman, leading to a 25-22 victory.
Shanahan explained after the game that he preferred to receive the ball if the game went to sudden death with a third possession. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was asked about that call after the game and said he’s not sure if there’s a correct way to play things given the lack of history in that scenario, so he wouldn’t second guess Shanahan’s call.
Regardless of what side you choose after the coin flip, your team needs to do its job on both sides of the ball. The Chiefs did that, which is why they are celebrating a second straight Super Bowl title and the 49ers are again left trying to pick up the pieces.