NFC South


NFC South
ConferenceNational Football Conference
LeagueNational Football League
SportAmerican football
Founded2002
CountryUnited States
Teams
No. of teams4
Championships
Most recent champion(s)New Orleans Saints (6th title)
Most titlesNew Orleans Saints (6 titles)

The National Football Conference – South Division or NFC South is one of the four divisions of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). It was created prior to the 2002 NFL season, when the league realigned divisions after expanding to 32 teams. The NFC South currently has four member clubs: the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Prior to the 2002 season, the Buccaneers belonged to the AFC West (1976) and NFC Central (19772001), while the other three teams were part of the geographically inaccurate NFC West.

The NFC South is one of two divisions to have each of its teams make a Super Bowl appearance since the 2002 realignment (along with the NFC West): Tampa Bay (2002), Atlanta (2016), Carolina (2003 and 2015) and New Orleans (2009). Also since 2002, each team has won at least three division titles, the only such division in the league. It is also the only NFL division to have zero division sweeps by any of its member teams.

Entering 2019, the Saints have the most wins among division members. The Saints record is 375–438–5; their win in Super Bowl XLIV is the highlight of a 9–11 playoff record. The Falcons record is 365–461–6 with a playoff record of 10–14; the Falcons lost in Super Bowls XXXIII and LI, the latter in overtime. The Buccaneers record is 267–424–1 with a victory in their only Super Bowl appearance, Super Bowl XXXVII, and an overall playoff record of 6–9. The Panthers have the best playoff record (9–8) of any team in the division with losses in Super Bowls XXXVIII and 50, with a regular season record of 195-204-1.

The NFC South is the only NFC division not to have any teams that predate the 1960 launch of the American Football League, the NFL’s former rival league. The oldest team is the Falcons, who began play in 1966, and the Saints began play only a year later in 1967. Each of the other NFC divisions has 3 teams that began play earlier than 1960, while the remaining three such teams are in the American Football Conference.

The NFC South became the second division in five years to have a champion with a losing record, as the 2014 Carolina Panthers won the division with a 7–8–1 record. (The 2010 Seattle Seahawks won the NFC West with a 7–9 record.) Additionally, Carolina became the first team to repeat as NFC South champions since the creation of the division. The Panthers were the first team to win the NFC South three consecutive times, from 2013 to 2015; New Orleans followed from 2017 to 2019. On January 7, 2018, two NFC South teams (the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints) met in the NFL playoffs for the first time since the division's creation in 2002. Before then, they were the only division left in the NFL who had never had teams face off against each other in the postseason.

Contents

Division lineups


Place cursor over year for division champ or Super Bowl team.

NFC South Division
02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Atlanta Falcons
Carolina Panthers
New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
     Division Won Super Bowl      Division Won NFC Championship

Division champions


Season Team Record Playoff Results
2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12–4 Won Divisional Playoffs (49ers) 31–6
Won NFC Championship (at Eagles) 27–10
Won Super Bowl XXXVII (vs. Raiders) 48–21
2003 Carolina Panthers 11–5 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Cowboys) 29–10
Won Divisional Playoffs (at Rams) 29–23 (2OT)
Won NFC Championship (at Eagles) 14–3
Lost Super Bowl XXXVIII (vs. Patriots) 29–32
2004 Atlanta Falcons 11–5 Won Divisional Playoffs (Rams) 47–17
Lost NFC Championship (at Eagles) 10–27
2005 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11–5 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Redskins) 10–17
2006 New Orleans Saints 10–6 Won Divisional Playoffs (Eagles) 27–24
Lost NFC Championship (at Bears) 14–39
2007 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9–7 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Giants) 14–24
2008 Carolina Panthers 12–4 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Cardinals) 13–33
2009 New Orleans Saints 13–3 Won Divisional Playoffs (Cardinals) 45–14
Won NFC Championship (Vikings) 31–28 (OT)
Won Super Bowl XLIV (vs. Colts) 31–17
2010 Atlanta Falcons 13–3 Lost Divisional Playoffs (Packers) 21–48
2011 New Orleans Saints 13–3 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Lions) 45–28
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at 49ers) 32–36
2012 Atlanta Falcons 13–3 Won Divisional Playoffs (Seahawks) 30–28
Lost NFC Championship (49ers) 24–28
2013 Carolina Panthers 12–4 Lost Divisional Playoffs (49ers) 10–23
2014 Carolina Panthers 7–8–1 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Cardinals) 27–16
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Seahawks) 17–31
2015 Carolina Panthers 15–1 Won Divisional Playoffs (Seahawks) 31–24
Won NFC Championship (Cardinals) 49–15
Lost Super Bowl 50 (vs. Broncos) 10–24
2016 Atlanta Falcons 11–5 Won Divisional Playoffs (Seahawks) 36–20
Won NFC Championship (Packers) 44–21
Lost Super Bowl LI (vs. Patriots) 28–34 (OT)
2017 New Orleans Saints 11–5 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Panthers) 31–26
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Vikings) 24–29
2018 New Orleans Saints 13–3 Won Divisional Playoffs (Eagles) 20–14
Lost NFC Championship (Rams) 23–26 (OT)
2019 New Orleans Saints 13–3 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Vikings) 20–26 (OT)

Wild Card qualifiers


Season Team Record Playoff Results
2002 Atlanta Falcons 9–6–1 Won Wild Card Playoffs (at Packers) 27–7
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Eagles) 6–20
2005 Carolina Panthers 11–5 Won Wild Card Playoffs (at Giants) 23–0
Won Divisional Playoffs (at Bears) 29–21
Lost NFC Championship (at Seahawks) 14–34
2008 Atlanta Falcons 11–5 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Cardinals) 24–30
2010 New Orleans Saints 11–5 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Seahawks) 36–41
2011 Atlanta Falcons 10–6 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Giants) 2–24
2013 New Orleans Saints 11–5 Won Wild Card Playoffs (at Eagles) 26–24
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Seahawks) 15–23
2017 Carolina Panthers 11–5 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Saints) 26–31
Atlanta Falcons 10–6 Won Wild Card Playoffs (at Rams) 26–13
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Eagles) 10–15

Total Playoff Berths


(NFC South records since the division's creation in 2002)

Team Division
Titles
Playoff
Berths
NFC
Championships
Super Bowl
Championships
Atlanta Falcons 4 8 2 0
Carolina Panthers 5 7 2 0
New Orleans Saints 6 8 1 1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3 3 1 1

Season results


(#) Denotes team that won the Super Bowl
(#) Denotes team that won the NFC Championship
(#) Denotes team that qualified for the NFL Playoffs
Season Team (record)
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
2002 (2) Tampa Bay (12–4) (6) Atlanta (9–6–1) New Orleans (9–7) Carolina (7–9)
2003 (3) Carolina (11–5) New Orleans (8–8) Tampa Bay (7–9) Atlanta (5–11)
2004 (2) Atlanta (11–5) New Orleans (8–8) Carolina (7–9) Tampa Bay (5–11)
2005 (3) Tampa Bay (11–5) (5) Carolina (11–5) Atlanta (8–8) New Orleans (3–13)
2006 (2) New Orleans (10–6) Carolina (8–8) Atlanta (7–9) Tampa Bay (4–12)
2007 (4) Tampa Bay (9–7) Carolina (7–9) New Orleans (7–9) Atlanta (4–12)
2008 (2) Carolina (12–4) (5) Atlanta (11–5) Tampa Bay (9–7) New Orleans (8–8)
2009 (1) New Orleans (13–3) Atlanta (9–7) Carolina (8–8) Tampa Bay (3–13)
2010 (1) Atlanta (13–3) (5) New Orleans (11–5) Tampa Bay (10–6) Carolina (2–14)
2011 (3) New Orleans (13–3) (5) Atlanta (10–6) Carolina (6–10) Tampa Bay (4–12)
2012 (1) Atlanta (13–3) Carolina (7–9) New Orleans (7–9) Tampa Bay (7–9)
2013 (2) Carolina (12–4) (6) New Orleans (11–5) Atlanta (4–12) Tampa Bay (4–12)
2014 (4) Carolina (7–8–1) New Orleans (7–9) Atlanta (6–10) Tampa Bay (2–14)
2015 (1) Carolina (15–1) Atlanta (8–8) New Orleans (7–9) Tampa Bay (6–10)
2016 (2) Atlanta (11–5) Tampa Bay (9–7) New Orleans (7–9) Carolina (6–10)
2017 (4) New Orleans (11–5) (5) Carolina (11–5) (6) Atlanta (10–6) Tampa Bay (5–11)
2018 (1) New Orleans (13–3) Atlanta (7–9) Carolina (7–9) Tampa Bay (5–11)
2019 (3) New Orleans (13–3) Atlanta (7–9) Tampa Bay (7–9) Carolina (5–11)

Schedule rotation


Year Opponents
Interconf. Intraconf.
2007 2019 AFC South NFC West
2008 2020 AFC West NFC North
2009 2021 AFC East NFC East
2010 2022 AFC North NFC West
2011 2023 AFC South NFC North
2012 2024 AFC West NFC East
2013 2025 AFC East NFC West
2014 2026 AFC North NFC North
2015 2027 AFC South NFC East
2016 2028 AFC West NFC West
2017 2029 AFC East NFC North
2018 2030 AFC North NFC East

Postseason oddities


See also


References









Categories: National Football League divisions | Atlanta Falcons | Carolina Panthers | New Orleans Saints | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | 2002 establishments in the United States | Sports in the Southern United States




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