When the Minnesota Vikings won last night's coin toss and elected to defer, it meant Bears fans got a first look at Mitchell Trubisky right out of the gates.
But lost in that simple coin toss was that it ended a pretty wild winning streak the Bears had going.
Prior to last night, the Bears had won each of the last 15 coin tosses to begin games and overtimes.
Week 4 against the Packers:
Week 3 against the Steelers:
Also Week 3 against the Steelers in overtime:
Bears win the OT toss and choose to receive.— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) September 24, 2017
Week 2 against the Bucs:
Bears win toss and defer, so Bucs will get the ball first in today's opener.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) September 17, 2017
Week 1 against the Falcons:
Preseason Week 4 against the Browns:
Preseason Week 3 against the Titans:
Preseason Week 2 against the Cardinals:
Preseason Week 1 against the Broncos:
Week 17 last season against the Vikings:
Week 16 last season against the Redskins:
Week 15 last season against the Packers:
Week 14 last season against the Lions:
The Bears won the toss and deferred. Lions ball first. #CHIvsDET— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) December 11, 2016
Week 13 last season against the 49ers:
OK, got that all? Want to go back real quick and cross-check the dates to make sure we didn't make that up? It's all real, and according to some math folks a lot smarter than us it's also really, really, really rare.
The odds of winning 14 straight coin tosses like the Bears did (thanks for the help, Internet) is 1 in 16,384! We checked our work and the formula is 2^14. Basically, there are two potential outcomes and the Bears had the coin flipped 14 times. That produces 16,384 different outcomes. The odds of the Bears winning the toss a 15th straight time was 1 in 32,768.
Pretty wild stuff. And the irony, of course, is that there was a 50/50 chance each week that the streak would be broken.
So shoutout to the Titans, who in Week 12 of last year won the coin toss against the Bears. They had no idea the kind of coin-toss juggernaut they knocked off.
Time for Trubisky and the Bears to start a new streak next week against the Ravens.