The coin toss is an important part of every football game. A winning coin toss can help set the tone for the first half or, if the winner chooses to have the ball first in the second half, help start the third quarter on a good note.
Similarly, a winning Super Bowl coin toss bet can set a foundation for a winning evening of betting on the big game.
When it comes to betting on things like the Super Bowl national anthem, Super Bowl Gatorade color, and Super Bowl coin toss, which are all betting options directly related to the outcome of the Super Bowl matchup, the idea is not–or should not be, at least–to roll in the cash.
That said, we all want to win all of our bets, large or small, serious or frivolous.
Is there anything from coin toss history that might provide some helpful insight to make our Super Bowl coin toss betting pick less of a… coin toss? (I’ll see myself out.)
Who Won the 2022 Super Bowl Coin Toss?
In Super Bowl 56 last February, the Los Angeles Rams called tails, but the coin landed on heads. Therefore, heads won, and the Cincinnati Bengals won the Super Bowl coin toss.
However, winning the coin toss didn’t help the Bengals win the game, as the Rams claimed a thrilling 23-20 win at their home stadium with Matthew Stafford’s late touchdown pass to Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp.
Recent Super Bowl Coin Toss Betting Odds
With this year’s NFL playoffs having started, we’re on the road to finding out who will take part in Super Bowl 57 next month.
Super Bowl coin toss odds won’t be available until after the matchup is known, but it’s never too early to prepare for your Super Bowl bets.
Do we suggest making your big game picks based on the coin toss result? No, but there is a lot of interesting information to take note of.
Here’s a look at last year’s Super Bowl coin toss, courtesy of BetMGM.
Super Bowl 56 Coin Toss Betting Odds
Who Will Win the Super Bowl Coin Toss?
- Los Angeles Rams -105
- Cincinnati Bengals -105
What Will the Call for the Super Bowl Coin Toss Be?
- Heads -105
- Tails -105
What Will Be the Outcome of the Super Bowl Coin Toss?
- Heads -105
- Tails -105
Will the Super Bowl Coin Toss Call Be Correct or Incorrect?
- Correct Call -105
- Incorrect Call -105
What Will Be the Decision of the Super Bowl Coin Toss Winner?
- Receive opening kickoff +450
- Defer to second half -650
All Super Bowl coin toss betting odds are as of Saturday, February 12, 2022.
Who Calls the Coin Toss at the Super Bowl?
Knowing which team will call the Super Bowl coin toss might not influence your picks, but it is helpful information to know.
The designated away team calls the coin toss, and last year, the Rams, despite the game being at their home stadium, were the designated away team and got to call the toss on Super Bowl Sunday.
That took place because the NFL alternates “home” and “away” designations between conferences each year. So, this year, the AFC champion, which will be either the Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, or Jacksonville Jaguars, will get to call the Super Bowl 57 coin toss.
Most Recent Super Bowl Coin Toss Winner: Heads
- Most Recent Toss Winner to Win the Super Bowl: Seattle Seahawks (Super Bowl XLVIII, 2014)
- Longest Streak: Heads (five – Super Bowl XLIII in 2009 to Super Bowl XLVII in 2013)
- Longest Tails Streak: four (three times – Super Bowl XXXII in 1998 to Super Bowl XXXV in 2001, Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003 to Super Bowl XL in 2006, and Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014 to Super Bowl LI in 2017)
Super Bowl Coin Toss History and Trends
Heads Wins in Tampa, But Tails Holds All-Time Edge
When there are two sides to the coin and therefore only two possible outcomes, one side is unlikely to have too much of an edge over time. And that is the case, as tails holds a 29-27 over heads ahead of the upcoming Super Bowl matchup.
With tails winning 29 times in 56 Super Bowls, it has come out on top 51.8 percent of the time, with heads winning 48.2 percent of the time.
Heads has now won the Super Bowl coin toss twice in a row, but prior to that point, tails had won six of seven tosses.
Recent Super Bowl Results Favor Coin Toss Losers
But how many times has the coin toss winner won the Super Bowl?
It turns out that winning the toss is not exactly a harbinger of success in the big game.
Both all-time and recent Super Bowl coin toss historical trends heavily favor the coin toss loser. In fact, the coin toss loser has won each of the past eight Super Bowls.
The Super Bowl coin toss winner has gone on to lift the trophy only 24 times in 56 Super Bowls, which comes out to just 42.9 percent of the time.
To date, the Seattle Seahawks were the last coin toss winner to also win the game, when they throttled the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII nine years ago.
If you intend to wait until after the toss to make a pick on the Super Bowl spread or potentially hedge your spread pick based on the winner/loser of the coin toss, the coin toss winner has covered in only 25 of the first 56 Super Bowls (44.6 percent).
To date, the last coin toss winner to cover was also the Seahawks, who were a two-point underdog when they routed the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Years in Which the Toss Winner Won the Game (24 Times: 12 Heads, 12 Tails)
- 2014 (Super Bowl XLVIII – Tails): Seahawks won the toss and defeated Broncos 43-8
- 2013 (Super Bowl XLVII – Heads): Ravens won the toss and defeated 49ers 34-31
- 2011 (Super Bowl XLV – Heads): Packers won the toss and defeated Steelers 31-25
- 2010 (Super Bowl XLIV – Heads): Saints won the toss and defeated Colts 31-17
- 2008 (Super Bowl XLII – Tails): Giants won the toss and defeated Patriots 17-14
- 2003 (Super Bowl XXXVII – Tails): Bucs won the toss and defeated Raiders 48-21
- 2000 (Super Bowl XXXIV – Tails): Rams won the toss and defeated Titans 23-16
- 1996 (Super Bowl XXX – Tails): Cowboys won the toss and defeated Steelers 27-17
- 1995 (Super Bowl XXIX – Heads): 49ers won the toss and defeated Chargers 49-26
- 1994 (Super Bowl XXVIII – Tails): Cowboys won toss and defeated Bills 30-13
- 1992 (Super Bowl XXVI – Heads): Washington won toss and defeated Bills 37-24
- 1989 (Super Bowl XXIII – Tails): 49ers won toss and defeated Bengals 20-16
- 1988 (Super Bowl XXII – Heads): Washington won toss and defeated Broncos 42-10
- 1986 (Super Bowl XX – Tails): Bears won toss and defeated Patriots 46-10
- 1985 (Super Bowl XIX – Tails): 49ers won toss and defeated Dolphins 38-16
- 1984 (Super Bowl XVIII – Heads): Raiders won toss and defeated Washington 38-9
- 1982 (Super Bowl XVI – Tails): 49ers won toss and defeated Bengals 26-21
- 1978 (Super Bowl XII – Heads): Cowboys won toss and defeated Broncos 27-10
- 1977 (Super Bowl XI – Tails): Raiders won toss and defeated Vikings 32-14
- 1975 (Super Bowl IX – Tails): Steelers won toss and defeated Vikings 16-6
- 1974 (Super Bowl VIII – Heads): Dolphins won toss and defeated Vikings 24-7
- 1973 (Super Bowl VII – Heads): Dolphins won toss and defeated Washington 14-7
- 1969 (Super Bowl III – Heads): Jets won toss and defeated Colts 16-7
- 1967 (Super Bowl I – Heads): Packers won toss and defeated Chiefs 35-10
Years in Which the Toss Winner Lost the Game (32 Times: 15 Heads, 17 Tails)
- 2022 (Super Bowl LVI – Heads): Bengals won the toss, but Rams won 23-20
- 2021 (Super Bowl LV – Heads): Chiefs won the toss, but Bucs won 31-9
- 2020 (Super Bowl LIV – Tails): 49ers won the toss, but Chiefs won 31-20
- 2019 (Super Bowl LIII – Tails): Rams won the toss, but Patriots won 13-3
- 2018 (Super Bowl LII – Heads): Patriots won the toss, but Eagles won 41-33
- 2017 (Super Bowl LI – Tails): Falcons won the toss, but Patriots won 34-28 (OT)
- 2016 (Super Bowl L – Tails): Panthers won the toss, but Broncos won 24-10
- 2015 (Super Bowl XLIX – Tails): Seahawks won the toss, but Patriots won 28-24
- 2012 (Super Bowl XLVI – Heads): Patriots won the toss, but Giants won 21-17
- 2009 (Super Bowl XLVIII – Heads): Cardinals won the toss, but Steelers won 27-23
- 2007 (Super Bowl XLVI – Heads): Bears won the toss, but Colts won 29-17
- 2006 (Super Bowl XL – Tails): Seahawks won the toss, but Steelers won 21-10
- 2005 (Super Bowl XXXIX – Tails): Eagles won the toss, but Patriots won 24-21
- 2004 (Super Bowl XXXVIII – Tails): Panthers won the toss, but Patriots won 32-29
- 2002 (Super Bowl XXXVI – Heads): Rams won the toss, but Patriots won 20-17
- 2001 (Super Bowl XXXV – Tails): Giants won the toss, but Ravens won 34-7
- 1999 (Super Bowl XXXIII – Tails): Falcons won the toss, but Broncos won 34-19
- 1998 (Super Bowl XXXII – Tails): Packers won the toss, but Broncos won 31-24
- 1997 (Super Bowl XXXI – Heads): Patriots won the toss, but Packers won 35-21
- 1993 (Super Bowl XXVII – Heads): Bills won the toss, but Cowboys won 52-17
- 1991 (Super Bowl XXV – Heads): Bills won the toss, but Giants won 20-19
- 1990 (Super Bowl XXIV – Heads): Broncos won the toss, but 49ers won 55-10
- 1987 (Super Bowl XXI – Tails): Broncos won the toss, but Giants won 39-20
- 1983 (Super Bowl XVII – Tails): Dolphins won the toss, but Washington won 27-17
- 1981 (Super Bowl XV – Tails): Eagles won the toss, but Raiders won 27-10
- 1980 (Super Bowl XIV – Heads): Rams won the toss, but Steelers won 31-19
- 1979 (Super Bowl XIII – Heads): Cowboys won the toss, but Steelers won 35-31
- 1976 (Super Bowl X – Heads): Cowboys won the toss, but Steelers won 21-17
- 1972 (Super Bowl VI – Heads): Dolphins won the toss, but Cowboys won 24-3
- 1971 (Super Bowl V – Tails): Cowboys won the toss, but Colts won 16-13
- 1970 (Super Bowl IV – Tails): Vikings won the toss, but Chiefs won 23-7
- 1968 (Super Bowl II – Tails): Raiders won the toss, but Packers won 33-14
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