Flip It: The History Of The Super Bowl Coin Toss

Sean Chaffin January 23, 2019
Super Bowl Coin Toss

Heads? Tails? Betting on those results may seem the ultimate in a 50-50 proposition, but millions of dollars will be wagered on the outcome when players and officials gather in the center of the field in February for the Super Bowl coin toss. Ready to completely overanalyze a flip of the coin?

We thought so. Below is the result of every Super Bowl coin toss as well as the winner of each game. Interesting note: the winner of the coin toss has won the Super Bowl less than half the time. Only 25 teams have won the flip and won the game (48 percent). The results seem to have been trendy through the years with streaks of three or four wins one way or the other. After four straight wins for tails the last few years, the coin came up heads in 2018, giving the Patriots the early advantage against the Eagles — but not the Lombardi Trophy.

If you believe in coin karma, it might be interesting to look at both teams facing off in Super Bowl LIII. The New England Patriots have only won three of their nine Super Bowl coin flips. The Rams have a much better history. With two previous appearances in St. Louis and one in Los Angeles, the Rams are 3-0 in coin tosses.

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Super Bowl Coin Toss Results

Heads: 25 times (48%)
Tails: 27 times (52%)
Heads longest streak: 5
Tails longest streak: 4 (three times)
Most coin toss wins: Cowboys (6); 49ers (4); Dolphins (4); Raiders (3); Patriots (3); Seahawks (3)

Super Bowl TeamsHeads or TailsToss WinnerSuper Bowl Champion
LIINew England vs PhiladelphiaHeadsNew EnglandPhiladelphia
LIAtlanta vs New England TailsAtlantaNew England
LCarolina vs DenverTailsCarolinaDenver
XLIXSeattle vs New England TailsSeattleNew England
XLVIIISeattle vs DenverTailsSeattleSeattle
XLVIIBaltimore vs San FranciscoHeadsBaltimoreBaltimore
XLVINew England vs NY GiantsHeadsNew EnglandNY Giants
XLVGreen Bay vs PittsburghHeadsGreen BayGreen Bay
XLIVNew Orleans vs IndianapolisHeadsNew OrleansNew Orleans
XLIIIArizona vs PittsburghHeadsArizonaPittsburgh
XLIINY Giants vs New EnglandTailsNY GiantsNY Giants
XLIChicago vs IndianapolisHeadsChicagoIndianapolis
XLSeattle vs PittsburghTailsSeattlePittsburgh
XXXIXPhiladelphia vs New EnglandTailsPhiladelphiaNew England
XXXVIIICarolina vs New EnglandTailsCarolinaNew England
XXXVIITampa Bay vs OaklandTailsTampa BayTampa Bay
XXXVISt Louis vs New EnglandHeadsSt LouisNew England
XXXVNY Giants vs BaltimoreTailsNY GiantsBaltimore
XXXIVSt Louis vs TennesseeTailsSt LouisSt Louis
XXXIIIAtlanta vs DenverTailsAtlantaDenver
XXXIIGreen Bay vs DenverTailsGreen BayDenver
XXXINew England vs Green BayHeadsNew EnglandGreen Bay
XXXDallas vs PittsburghTailsDallasDallas
XXIXSan Francisco vs San DiegoHeadsSan FranciscoSan Francisco
XXVIIIDallas vs BuffaloTailsDallasDallas
XXVIIBuffalo vs DallasHeadsBuffaloDallas
XXVIWashington vs BuffaloHeadsWashingtonWashington
XXVBuffalo vs NY GiantsHeadsBuffaloNY Giants
XXIVDenver vs San FranciscoHeadsDenverSan Francisco
XXIIISan Francisco vs CincinnatiTailsSan FranciscoSan Francisco
XXIIWashington vs DenverHeadsWashingtonWashington
XXIDenver vs NY GiantsTailsDenverNY Giants
XXChicago vs New EnglandTailsChicagoChicago
XIXSan Francisco vs MiamiTailsSan FranciscoSan Francisco
XVIIILA Raiders vs WashingtonHeadsLA RaidersLA Raiders
XVIIMiami vs WashingtonTailsMiamiWashington
XVISan Francisco vs CincinnatiTails San FranciscoSan Francisco
XVPhiladelphia vs OaklandTailsPhiladelphiaOakland
XIVLA Rams vs PittsburghHeadsLA RamsPittsburgh
XIIIDallas vs PittsburghHeadsDallasPittsburgh
XIIDallas vs DenverHeadsDallasDallas
XIOakland vs MinnesotaTailsOaklandOakland
XDallas vs PittsburghHeadsDallasPittsburgh
IXPittsburgh vs Minnesota TailsPittsburghPittsburgh
VIIIMiami vs MinnesotaHeadsMiamiMiami
VIIMiami vs WashingtonHeadsMiamiMiami
VIMiami vs DallasHeadsMiamiDallas
VDallas vs BaltimoreTailsDallasBaltimore
IVMinnesota vs Kansas CityTailsMinnesotaKansas City
IIINY Jets vs BaltimoreHeadsNY JetsNY Jets
IIGreen Bay vs Oakland TailsOaklandGreen Bay
IGreen Bay vs Kansas CityHeads Green BayGreen Bay
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