Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman caught the Super Bowl-winning touchdown pass from Patrick Mahomes on Sunday night, but apparently, Mahomes had to remind him of what he had done.
When Hardman initially caught the three-yard score from Mahomes for a 25-22 win over the San Francisco 49ers in overtime, the wide out didn’t realize that the Chiefs had just won the game.
“I threw a touchdown to this dude to end the game, and he looked at me,” Mahomes said, via The Associated Press. “He had no idea. I said, ‘Dude, we just won the Super Bowl.’ He had no idea. He didn’t even celebrate at the beginning.”
Apparently, Hardman was not aware of the overtime rules.
The 49ers struck first in the extra session, scoring a field goal to take a 22-19 lead. The Chiefs would then have one chance to either tie the score with a field goal of their own or win the game with a touchdown. They did the latter, but Hardman hilariously wasn’t sure if he should celebrate just yet.
It was a wild year for Hardman, who began the season with the New York Jets before being traded to Kansas City at the deadline back in October.
“He’s always ready for the moment,” Mahomes said. “He’s someone that continues to practice hard and get better. We are bouncing around a lot of guys all year long.”
After amassing a grand total of 15 catches for 124 yards between the Jets and the Chiefs during the regular season, Hardman logged three grabs for 57 yards and the immortalizing touchdown in the Super Bowl.
The 25-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of Georgia, was originally selected by Kansas City in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Mecole Hardman spent his first four seasons with the Chiefs before joining the Jets in free agency last offseason. That move did not work out, but he was able to return to Kansas City to win his third championship with the club.
Patrick Mahomes went 34-for-46 with 333 yards, a couple of touchdowns and an interception in the win.