|Conference||National Football Conference|
|League||National Football League|
|No. of teams||4|
|Most recent champion(s)||New Orleans Saints (7th title)|
|Most titles||New Orleans Saints (7 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 (1977–2001), 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 and 2020), 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. On January 3, 2021, the New Orleans Saints became the 1st ever team to sweep its division members.
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 10–12 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 both their two Super Bowl appearances, Super Bowl XXXVII, and Super Bowl LV and an overall playoff record of 10–9. The Panthers have the best playoff winning percentage (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; while the Saints were the first team to win the division four consecutive times followed from 2017 to 2020. 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.
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||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)|
|2020||New Orleans Saints||12–4||Won Wild Card playoffs (Bears) 21–9 |
Lost Divisional playoffs (Buccaneers) 20–30
|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
|2020||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11–5||Won Wild Card playoffs (at Washington) 31–23 |
Won Divisional playoffs (at Saints) 30–20
Won NFC Championship (at Packers) 31–26
Won Super Bowl LV (vs. Chiefs) 31–9
(NFC South records since the division's creation in 2002)
| Super Bowl |
|New Orleans Saints||7||9||1||1|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3||4||2||2|
|(#)||Denotes team that won the Super Bowl|
|(#)||Denotes team that won the NFC Championship|
|(#)||Denotes team that qualified for the NFL Playoffs|
|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)|
|2020||(2) New Orleans (12–4)||(5) Tampa Bay (11–5)||Carolina (5–11)||Atlanta (4–12)|
|Placement at Season End||Atlanta Falcons||Carolina Panthers||New Orleans Saints||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|1st||4 (2016)||5 (2015)||7 (2020)*||3 (2007)|
|2nd||7 (2019)||5 (2017)||5 (2014)||2 (2020)*|
|3rd||5 (2017)||5 (2020)*||5 (2016)||4 (2019)|
|4th||3 (2020)*||4 (2019)||2 (2008)||10 (2018)|
Asterisk (*) Denotes Current Year
|2019||2031||AFC South||NFC West|
|2020||2032||AFC West||NFC North|
|2021||2033||AFC East||NFC East|
|2022||2034||AFC North||NFC West|
|2023||2035||AFC South||NFC North|
|2024||2036||AFC West||NFC East|
|2025||2037||AFC East||NFC West|
|2026||2038||AFC North||NFC North|
|2027||2039||AFC South||NFC East|
|2028||2040||AFC West||NFC West|
|2029||2041||AFC East||NFC North|
|2030||2042||AFC North||NFC East|
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