SUPER BOWL 2024
Super Bowl 2024: Which team won the coin toss?
The coin toss in NFL games has become an important part of strategy and in the biggest game of the year, it is even more important. let’s take a look at the importance of the coin toss and who won
The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers are about to get started so let’s take a look at the decision the team made and if they based their choice on tradition or strategy.
Super Bowl Coin Toss: who won?
The toss was heads. The Chiefs won and decided to defer. Which means they will kick the ball to start the game and the 49ers will kick off at the start of the second half.
The team captains met at the 50-yard line before kickoff to determine which team will have possession of the ball first. The Chiefs are officially the “home team” at the 2024 Super Bowl although the game is being played in Las Vegas, at their archenemy’s stadium.
Coin Toss etiquette and guidelines
Both teams normally greet each other with hand shakes. In the NFL it is not uncommon to see players giving hugs amongst themselves. The head referee then explains the guidelines and rules to the respective captains asking them to ensure a ‘clean game,’ meaning no foul language or hitting after a whistle has been blown. As we have seen, the referee then reveals the coin which had been flipped..
After showing both captains the coin, the ref asks the visiting team’s captain to choose ‘heads or tails.’ The coin is then flipped in the air. While in the air the captain must make his choice and call. The coin must land on the ground flat.
What coin is used at the Super Bowl Coin Toss?
For NFL’s biggest game, a special coin is usually made and used for the pregame routine.
Why do some teams choose to defer? What does that mean?
Deferring in gridiron football is a strategic option. When a team defers they are basically saying they will take the ball in the second half. This can be interpreted as “I prefer to choose in the second half.” At this point the referee will ask the opposing team what they want to do. This is where things things get interesting. Usually teams will opt to kick first as they would rather receive the ball to start the second half.
How many times has the winner of the coin flip won the Super Bowl?
Teams who won the coin toss have been able to win the game 28 times while losing 32 times in 56 Super Bowls that have been played so far.