Block & Tackle: A coin toss creates the week’s most pointless NFL controversy

Block & Tackle is John Teti’s column about pro football.

Four quarters of football weren’t enough to determine the superior team on Sunday night, so the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys played a fifth. As is customary, the extra period began with a coin toss at midfield, in which a captain from the visiting team called “heads” or “tails” and a gleaming disc of fate was tossed in the air. In this case, Eagles safety Chris Maragos called “tails,” the coin fell tails-up, and the Eagles chose to receive the kickoff, naturally. Philadelphia scored in its first possession on a dramatic 41-yard touchdown pass to win the game. It was a straightforward NFL overtime.

He said HEADS!!!! THEY EVEN REPEAT HEADS TWO MORE TIMES!!! SCREWED AGAIN BY THE REFS!!! pic.twitter.com/7FYGPt8jkU

— Brandon (@_Brandon11_) November 9, 2015

But for certain Dallas fans, it wasn’t that …

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