It’s the simplest of the hundreds of Super Bowl prop bets available at sportsbooks around the world, but it’s also the most popular for bettors. Wagering on the Super Bowl coin toss, a 50/50 proposition, is practically an American tradition, and hundreds of thousands of dollars are bet on this simple event each season.
Six of the last eight Super Bowl coin tosses have landed on heads, with the NFC team winning 15 of the last 17 flips heading into Super Bowl XLIX. The team that has won the coin toss has gone on to win four of the last five Super Bowls.
Overall, the coin toss has lived up to its reputation as a 50/50 proposition, with heads and tails in a dead heat, each turning up in 24 of the first 48 Super Bowls. Teams winning the toss have gone on to win 24 of the first 48 Super Bowls, with heads and tails each turning up an even 12 times during those wins.
The Seattle Seahawks correctly called tails in last year’s Super Bowl before going on to defeat the Denver Broncos, posting the first 43-8 victory in NFL history. The Seahawks’ win bucked a recent trend, with only two of the previous eight teams winning with tails going on to claim the Super Bowl title.
While the coin toss can have a serious impact on a game, determining which team receives the ball on the opening kickoffs in each half, it hasn’t always been kind to teams that have made multiple Super Bowl appearances.
The New England Patriots have made seven Super Bowl appearances, losing the toss in each of their three victories in Super Bowls 36, 38 and 39, but getting blown out by the Green Bay Packers as a coin toss winner in Super Bowl 31 before getting upset by the New York Giants after winning the toss in Super Bowl 46.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have also defied the coin toss in their six Super Bowl victories, winning the toss just once, with tails in their 16-6 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl 9. Indeed, opponents winning the toss with heads are just 1-4 against the Steelers on Super Sunday.
San Francisco 49ers fans will put a lot of stock into the Super Bowl coin toss. The Niners are a perfect 4-0 in Super Bowls where they have won the toss, which has come up tails in three of their four championship victories.
The Dallas Cowboys have won the toss on six of their eight trips to the Super Bowl, although it wasn’t until their fourth Super Bowl appearance that Dallas went on to victory after winning the toss.
All-Time Super Bowl Coin Toss Results (courtesy of DocSports.com)
|Super Bowl 1||Green Bay 35, Kansas City 10||Heads||Packers|
|Super Bowl 2||Green Bay 33, Oakland 14||Tails||Raiders|
|Super Bowl 3||NY Jets 16, Baltimore 7||Heads||Jets|
|Super Bowl 4||Kansas City 23, Minnesota 7||Tails||Vikings|
|Super Bowl 5||Baltimore 16, Dallas 13||Tails||Cowboys|
|Super Bowl 6||Dallas 24, Miami 3||Heads||Dolphins|
|Super Bowl 7||Miami 14, Washington 7||Heads||Dolphins|
|Super Bowl 8||Miami 24, Minnesota 7||Heads||Dolphins|
|Super Bowl 9||Pittsburgh 16, Minnesota 6||Tails||Steelers|
|Super Bowl 10||Pittsburgh 21, Dallas 17||Heads||Cowboys|
|Super Bowl 11||Oakland 32, Minnesota 14||Tails||Raiders|
|Super Bowl 12||Dallas 27, Denver 10||Heads||Cowboys|
|Super Bowl 13||Pittsburgh 35, Dallas 31||Heads||Cowboys|
|Super Bowl 14||Pittsburgh 31, LA Rams 19||Heads||Rams|
|Super Bowl 15||Oakland 27, Philadelphia 10||Tails||Eagles|
|Super Bowl 16||San Francisco 26, Cincinnati 21||Tails||49ers|
|Super Bowl 17||Washington 27, Miami 17||Tails||Dolphins|
|Super Bowl 18||LA Raiders 38, Washington 9||Heads||Raiders|
|Super Bowl 19||San Francisco 38, Miami 16||Tails||49ers|
|Super Bowl 20||Chicago 46, New England 10||Tails||Bears|
|Super Bowl 21||NY Giants 39, Denver 20||Tails||Broncos|
|Super Bowl 22||Washington 42, Denver 10||Heads||Redskins|
|Super Bowl 23||San Francisco 20, Cincinnati 16||Tails||49ers|
|Super Bowl 24||San Francisco 55, Denver 10||Heads||Broncos|
|Super Bowl 25||NY Giants 20, Buffalo 19||Heads||Bills|
|Super Bowl 26||Washington 37, Buffalo 24||Heads||Redskins|
|Super Bowl 27||Dallas 52, Buffalo 17||Heads||Bills|
|Super Bowl 28||Dallas 30, Buffalo 13||Tails||Cowboys|
|Super Bowl 29||San Francisco 49, San Diego 26||Heads||49ers|
|Super Bowl 30||Dallas 27, Pittsburgh 17||Tails||Cowboys|
|Super Bowl 31||Green Bay 35, New England 21||Heads||Patriots|
|Super Bowl 32||Denver 31, Green Bay 24||Tails||Packers|
|Super Bowl 33||Denver 34, Atlanta 19||Tails||Falcons|
|Super Bowl 34||St. Louis 23, Tennessee 16||Tails||Rams|
|Super Bowl 35||Baltimore 34, NY Giants 7||Tails||Giants|
|Super Bowl 36||New England 20, St. Louis 17||Heads||Rams|
|Super Bowl 37||Tampa Bay 48, Oakland 21||Tails||Buccaneers|
|Super Bowl 38||New England 32, Carolina 29||Tails||Panthers|
|Super Bowl 39||New England 24, Philadelphia 21||Tails||Eagles|
|Super Bowl 40||Pittsburgh 21, Seattle 10||Tails||Seahawks|
|Super Bowl 41||Indianapolis 29, Chicago 17||Heads||Bears|
|Super Bowl 42||NY Giants 17, New England 14||Tails||Giants|
|Super Bowl 43||Pittsburgh 27, Arizona 23||Heads||Cardinals|
|Super Bowl 44||New Orleans 31, Indianapolis 17||Heads||Saints|
|Super Bowl 45||Green Bay 31, Pittsburgh 17||Heads||Packers|
|Super Bowl 46||NY Giants 21, New England 17||Heads||Patriots|
|Super Bowl 47||Baltimore 34, San Francisco 31||Heads||Ravens|
|Super Bowl 48||Seattle 43, Denver 8||Tails||Seahawks|