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Complete History of the Super Bowl Coin Toss


The Super Bowl is no longer just about the game played on the field between the NFC and AFC Champions but has grown into massive industry involving 30-second commercials that cost $4 million to massive viewing parties to the abilty to bet on thousands of different aspects of the game.

One of the most popular Super Bowl prop bets is whether the coin toss at the start of the game - which determines the team who gets to choose to either receive or kick the ball - will come up as either heads or tail. You can also bet on whether or not the team that chooses heads or tails will win the toss or which team will win the toss or even whether or not the team who won the coin toss will win the game.

The probability of flipping heads on any given coin toss is 50% but has this proven to be true in the NFL? Which has come up more often in the Super Bowl, heads or tails? And how often has the coin toss winner gone on to win the Super Bowl?

Over the past 48 Super Bowls, fittingly, heads and tails are tied with both winning 24 of the 48 tosses - as close as you can come. So there appears to be no advantage in choosing one vs. the other. 

When it comes to the rate of teams winning the coin toss and the Super Bowl, teams that have won the coin toss have gone on to win the Super Bowl 24 times out of 48 Super Bowls, which again is as close as you can come. 

One of the most interesting occurrences in Super Bowl coin toss history is the 14 straight coin tosses won by NFC teams from Super Bowl XXXII to Super Bowl XLV. While the NFC dominated the coin toss, they didn't fair as well at winning the games going 5-9 over this streak of coin toss wins.

Below, we take a look at the complete history of the coin toss during the Super Bowl...

Coin Toss Results For Each Super Bowl:

SB Heads or Tails Toss Winner Conf. Winner SB Winner Win Both?
I Heads Green Bay Packers NFC Green Bay Packers Yes
II Tails Oakland Raiders AFC Green Bay Packers No
III Heads New York Jets AFC New York Jets Yes
IV Tails Minnesota Vikings NFC Kansas City Chiefs No
V Tails Dallas Cowboys NFC Baltimore Colts No
VI Heads Miami Dolphins AFC Dallas Cowboys No
VII Heads Miami Dolphins AFC Miami Dolphins Yes
VIII Heads Miami Dolphins AFC Miami Dolphins Yes
IX Tails Pittsburgh Steelers AFC Pittsburgh Steelers Yes
X Heads Dallas Cowboys NFC Pittsburgh Steelers No
XI Tails Oakland Raiders AFC Oakland Raiders Yes
XII Heads Dallas Cowboys NFC Dallas Cowboys Yes
XIII Heads Dallas Cowboys NFC Pittsburgh Steelers No
XIV Heads St. Louis Rams NFC Pittsburgh Steelers No
XV Tails Philadelphia Eagles NFC Oakland Raiders No
XVI Tails San Francisco 49ers NFC San Francisco 49ers Yes
XVII Tails Miami Dolphins AFC Washington Redskins No
XVIII Heads Los Angeles Raiders AFC Los Angeles Raiders Yes
XIX Tails San Francisco 49ers NFC San Francisco 49ers Yes
XX Tails Chicago Bears NFC Chicago Bears Yes
XXI Tails Denver Broncos AFC New York Giants No
XXII Heads Washington Redskins NFC Washington Redskins Yes
XXIII Tails San Francisco 49ers NFC San Francisco 49ers Yes
XXIV Heads Denver Broncos AFC San Francisco 49ers No
XXV Heads Buffalo Bills AFC New York Giants No
XXVI Heads Washington Redskins NFC Washington Redskins Yes
XXVII Heads Buffalo Bills AFC Dallas Cowboys No
XXVIII Tails Dallas Cowboys NFC Dallas Cowboys Yes
XXIX Heads San Francisco 49ers NFC San Francisco 49ers Yes
XXX Tails Dallas Cowboys NFC Dallas Cowboys Yes
XXXI Heads New England Patriots AFC Green Bay Packers No
XXXII Tails Green Bay Packers NFC Denver Broncos No
XXXIII Tails Atlanta Falcons NFC Denver Broncos No
XXXIV Tails St. Louis Rams NFC St. Louis Rams Yes
XXXV Tails New York Giants NFC Baltimore Ravens No
XXXVI Heads St. Louis Rams NFC New England Patriots No
XXXVII Tails Tampa Bay Bucs NFC Tampa Bay Bucs Yes
XXXVIII Tails Carolina Panthers NFC New England Patriots No
XXXIX Tails Philadelphia Eagles NFC New England Patriots No
XL Tails Seattle Seahawks NFC Pittsburgh Steelers No
XLI Heads Chicago Bears NFC Indianapolis Colts No
XLII Tails New York Giants NFC New York Giants Yes
XLIII Heads Arizona Cardinals NFC Pittsburgh Steelers No
XLIV Heads New Orleans Saints NFC New Orleans Saints Yes
XLV Heads Green Bay Packers NFC Green Bay Packers Yes
XLVI Heads New England Patriots AFC New York Giants No
XLVII Heads Baltimore Ravens AFC Baltimore Ravens Yes
XLVIII Tails Seattle Seahawks NFC Seattle Seahawks Yes


Official NFL Coin Toss Rules

"The toss of coin will take place within three minutes of kickoff in center of field. The toss will be called by the visiting captain before the coin is flipped. The winner may choose one of two privileges and the loser gets the other: 

(a) Receive or kick 
(b) Goal his team will defend

Immediately prior to the start of the second half, the captains of both teams must inform the officials of their respective choices. The loser of the original coin toss gets first choice."

 



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