How Many Super Bowls Have Gone to Overtime?

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, center, celebrates with wide receiver Mecole Hardman Jr. (12) after throwing the game-wining touchdown during overtime of the NFL Super Bowl 58 football game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024, in Las Vegas.
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Two Super Bowls have gone to overtime: Super Bowl LI and Super Bowl LVIII.

The Patriots beat the Falcons in Super Bowl LI, and most recently, the Chiefs beat the 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII.

San Fransisco kicked a field goal with their first possession and then Mecole Hardman caught a pass from Patrick Mahomes to win the game for the Chiefs.

Super Bowl Overtime Rules

Super Bowl overtime rules are the same as NFL playoff overtime rules: Both teams have the opportunity to possess the football. If the game is tied after each team’s possession, the next score wins.

For example, if the Baltimore Ravens score a touchdown (plus an extra point) on their first possession of overtime against the San Francisco 49ers, the 49ers has one possession to score at least seven points.

If the 49ers doesn’t score or score fewer than seven points, the game is over and the Ravens win.

If the 49ers score eight points (i.e., a touchdown and two-point conversion), the game is over and the 49ers win.

If the 49ers score exactly seven points, the game continues and is played until the next score.

If the team that kicks off in overtime scores on special teams (safety or touchdown) or defense (safety or touchdown), the game is over.

If the game is tied at the end of one overtime period – or the second team’s first possession is still happening – a second overtime will begin where the first period left off, i.e., it’s treated like the transition from the first to second quarter (or third to fourth quarter) in a regular-season game.

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