Mecole Hardman of the Kansas City Chiefs told CNN he “blacked out” after scoring the touchdown that would win the Chiefs the Super Bowl in Las Vegas.
During overtime, wide receiver Hardman caught a pass thrown by Patrick Mahomes to beat the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 after a close game through all four quarters.
Hardman told reporters that even though the moment was glorious and he was surrounded by the roaring cheers of the crowd, it took him a minute to truly understand that he won the Super Bowl.
“When I blacked out, I didn’t know what was going on until [Mahomes] came up running and was like, ‘You’re a champion! We just won!.’ I’m like, ‘Oh, you’re right, we did.’ And we started celebrating after that. But I definitely blacked out, for sure.”
During overtime, Quarterback Mahomes pulled off a 75-yard touchdown drive, which is what led to the three-yard pass to Hardman that won them the game.
Hardman said he was “just overwhelmed with emotions” when asked what it felt like to win the Super Bowl.
The Kansas City Chiefs have now won back-to-back NFL championships, something that has not happened in the league in 19 years. The last time a team won back-to-back championships was in 2004 and 2005 with the New England Patriots.
Hardman also talked about what the environment was like in the locker room during halftime when the Chiefs were trailing the 49ers 10-3.
“Travis [Kelce] said everything, honestly. He definitely had a good little speech to get everybody going, put the fuel to the fire.”
“We came out in that second half like a totally different team,” Hardman said.
Eric Mastrota is a Contributing Editor at The National Digest based in New York. A graduate of SUNY New Paltz, he reports on world news, culture, and lifestyle. You can reach him at email@example.com.