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:
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."