The moment hundreds of millions of football fans eagerly await is immediately preceded by one for which few bat an eye.
The coin toss that determines which side gets the ball first in the Super Bowl has an outsized impact when it comes to which team eventually wins.
Of the previous 55 Super Bowls, only 25 teams that won the pregame coin toss went on to victory — the last team to do both was Seattle in 2014.
Although the coin toss seems small, it will likely be a heavily wagered prop bet that bettors will make when taking advantage of Super Bowl 57 free bets offered at sportsbooks in Arizona and across the US.
Here’s a look at the odds for the pregame coin toss when this year’s Super Bowl in Arizona kicks off next month.
Super Bowl 57 Coin Toss Odds
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What Stats Say About Super Bowl Coin Toss
There are a lot of data points that can be extrapolated from the previous 56 coin flips for those who might wager on the game using Arizona sports betting apps.
Four of the last five Super Bowls have had “heads” be the winner of the coin toss, while all three of the games played in Arizona have been “tails.”
In total, the opening toss has gone in favor of “tails” 29 times to “heads” 27 times.
Each of the last two Super Bowls have seen “heads” as the call, while the two before that went for “tails.”
How the Coin Toss Has Gone in Arizona
The last Super Bowl in Glendale (Super Bowl XLVIII in 2015) had “tails” as the call, with the Seahawks coming away victorious pregame, but on the losing end in the contest itself, 28-24, to the Patriots.
The other two instances in which Arizona hosted the Super Bowl were in 1996, when the Cowboys won the coin toss (“tails”) and the game itself, vanquishing the Steelers, 27-17, from Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe.Twelve years later, the Giants had the same luck in Arizona’s second brush with the Big Game, winning the coin toss on “tails,” before knocking off the then-unbeaten Patriots, 17-14.
Come Feb. 12, captains from both teams will once again meet at the midfield logo at State Farm Stadium for the age-old tradition.