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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