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Giants’ DeOssie Will Start Super Bowl With: Tails

Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott performs the coin toss before the New York Giants take on the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott performs the coin toss before the New York Giants take on the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Super Bowl will start with referee John Parry displaying both sides of a special commemorative coin, then asking Giants special teams captain Zak DeOssie to make a one-word choice.

He’ll call tails, and the 46th title game between New York and New England will be under way on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

It’ll be a special moment for DeOssie, who’s under no pressure to win the toss. The team that wins the coin flip in the Super Bowl has a 22-23 record, so it’s a poor predictor of the outcome.

The Giants beat the Patriots in the title game four years ago by scoring with 35 seconds left. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady isn’t so interested in who gets the ball first, as long as he has it last.

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