The NFL owners approved a new rule Tuesday that gives each team at least one possession in overtime playoff games. Those changes could directly impact Patrick Mahomes, who's already seen his fair share of postseason overtime.
In his first season as an NFL starter, he watched with no recourse as Tom Brady drove the New England Patriots down the field to win the AFC Championship Game.
More recently, his Kansas City Chiefs pulled out a 42-36 thriller over the Buffalo Bills in the Divisional Round after winning the coin toss. However, he was unable to replicate that result in the AFC Championship Game, where the Cincinnati Bengals stopped him on overtime's first possession before kicking the game-winning field goal.
Having seen multiple scenarios play out from different vantage points, Mahomes isn't overly concerned about the rules. In an interview with Yahoo Finance Presents, the star quarterback said it's up to the players to pull out a victory regardless of the circumstances.
"Your job is to find a way to win the game, no matter how long it takes," Mahomes said.
He added that, just like with the past rules, everyone's opinion will vary based on how it directly impacts them at that moment.
"I'm sure there'll be moments where you feel like it's a good decision," Mahomes said. "But then there will be moments when you score that touchdown first and you feel like it's a bad one. So you just go out there and play and try to win the game whatever way."
In a dozen overtime games since 2010, 10 teams who won the coin toss prevailed. This change looks to eliminate that random advantage, but Mahomes knows that it was never purely up to blind chance.