The Green Bay Packers won the 2011 Super Bowl Coin Toss and elected to kick off with new NFL Hall of Famers Marshall Faulk, Deion Sanders, and others in attendance. After some strange communication difficulties—it’s loud out there—the Packers made clear their intent, and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ special teams readied itself to return the kick. Deferring the ball was fitting for two teams that propose to put a major emphasis on defense.
Faulk, one of the St. Louis Rams’ Greatest Show On Turf Greats, was overshadowed in Cowboys Stadium by Deion Sanders, former Dallas Cowboy, who tossed the coin that fell heads.
That means Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers will take the first drive in Super Bowl XLV. The way they perform could set the tone of the whole afternoon. Mason Crosby’s kick was taken out of the end zone and passed the 20-yard line by rookie returner Antonio Brown, giving the Steelers solid field position and Doug Legursky the comfort to know that he won’t give up a safety if he struggles early in his first ever start at center.