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Super Bowl 2012 Pregame Notes: Kelly Clarkson Anthem Time, NFC Coin Toss Streak Broken

The Super Bowl pregame was everything you could expect. Very standard, very patriotic, very American. The Super Bowl is in America, last I checked.

Two country stars sang America The Beautiful. Made you feel all wistful inside. If you're from the Bay Area you probably started texting.

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Kelly Clarkson sang the National Anthem, which took 134 seconds. That was right on the nose of the Super Bowl prop bet, so who knows who ended up winning this one or whether Vegas will end up just giving people their money back.

The Patriots won the coin toss, ending one of the strangest streaks in history--a 15 year stretch of the NFC winning the coin toss. The Patriots deferred until the second half though.

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