ARLINGTON TX - FEBRUARY 06: Singer Christina Aguilera performs the national anthem during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6 2011 in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show: Black Eyed Peas, Slash And Usher Share Stage In Dallas

Before the Super Bowl gets underway, there's plenty of pregame action to keep you entertained ahead of kickoff. Check out the schedule of events as we help you pass the time before Super Bowl XLV kicks off.

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Super Bowl XLV: Green Bay Wins Coin Toss, Will Defer Until Second Half

The Green Bay Packers have won the coin toss in Super Bowl XLV. As the visiting team, the Pittsburgh Steelers had the call (the AFC and NFC alternate home team roles each year), and James Farrior called tails, but the coin came up heads.

This means that NFC has now won 14 straight coin flips (but they are just 3-10 in the previous 13 games). In 44 games, the coin has come up heads 24 times, tails 21. The NFC has won the toss a total of 31 times, the AFC 14.

The special ceremonial coin was introduced by referee Walt Anderson and then was officially tossed by Deion Sanders, a member of the 2011 NFL Hall of Fame class, which was announced on Saturday. Sanders was joined by some of Canton's newest members at midfield: Shannon Sharpe, Marshall Faulk, Chris Hanburger, Richard Dent and Steve Sabol, son of NFL Films' founder and 2011 enshrinee Ed Sabol.


But maybe it's not such a good thing the Packers won the toss -- of the 44 Super Bowls, the team that won the coin toss has won the game 21 times, and lost 23 (.477 winning percentage). The team that has won the toss has also lost 10 of the last 14 -- though, the New Orleans Saints bucked that trend in Super Bowl XLIV, when they won both the coin toss and the game. Two years ago, the Arizona Cardinals won the coin toss and became the first team to defer, but they went on to lose to the Steelers.

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Super Bowl XLV: Christina Aguilera Sings 2011 National Anthem In 1:54

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The National Anthem for Super Bowl XLV was belted out by Christina Aguilera, a native of Rochester, Pennsylvania, a town about forty minutes outside of Pittsburgh.

The unofficial length of Aguilera's version was 1:54, according to SB Nation's stopwatch, which means it's a PUSH in Vegas. Bodog had the Over/Under set at 1 minute and 54 seconds exactly (the favorite was the Over, at -200).

She followed Keith Urban and Maroon 5, who performed during the pregame concert as part of the seemingly never-ending festivities leading up to Super Bowl XLV. Aguilera, a five-time Grammy award winner, was making her second Super Bowl appearances: she was part of the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXIV.

Twenty two-year old Candice Villesca of Lewisville, Texas, performed the National Anthem and America the Beautiful in American Sign Language.

Aguilera, who is 30 years old, originally appeared on national television in 1990, as a contestant on Star Search, before going on to star on The Mickey Mouse Club. She has released six studio albums, two of which went No. 1 in the United States, and has sold over 46 million albums worldwide.

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