The NFC South is a division 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 (1977–2001), while the other three teams were part of the geographically inaccurate NFC West.
The NFC South is the only division since the 2002 realignment to have each of its teams make a conference championship game appearance: Tampa Bay (2002), Atlanta (2004 and 2012), Carolina (2003 and 2005), and New Orleans (2006 and 2009). All four members of the NFC South have made postseason appearances before entering the division in 2002. Also since 2002, each team has won at least three division titles, the only such division in the league.
Entering 2015, the Saints have the most wins among division members. The Saints record is 324-409-5; their win in Super Bowl XLIV is the highlight of a 7-9 playoff record. The Falcons record is 322-424-6 with a playoff record of 7-12; the Falcons lost in Super Bowl XXXIII, their only Super Bowl appearance. The Buccaneers record is 235-376-1 with victory in Super Bowl XXXVII and an overall playoff record of 6-9. The Panthers have the best playoff record (6-4) of any team in the division with a loss in Super Bowl XXXVIII and an overall record of 151-168-1.
The NFC South is the only NFC division not to have any teams that predate the 1960 launch of the American Football League. Each of the other NFC divisions has 3 such teams, while the remaining three are in the American Football Conference. (In contrast, the NFC South's oldest team is the Falcons, who began play in 1966. The Saints began play only a year later in 1967.)
The NFC South became the second division in five years to have a champion with a losing record, as the Carolina Panthers won the division with a 7–8–1 record. Additionally, they became the first team to repeat as NFC South champions since the creation of the division.
Place cursor over year for division champ or Super Bowl team.
|NFC South Division|
|New Orleans Saints|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Division Won Super Bowl Division Won NFC Championship|
|2002||2002–03||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12–4||
Won Divisional Playoffs (49ers) 31–6
Won NFC Championship (Eagles) 27–10
Won Super Bowl XXXVII (Raiders) 48–21
Won Wild Card Playoffs (Cowboys) 29–10
Won Divisional Playoffs ([[2003 St. Louis