Football NFC South

Football NFC South

The NFC South is one of the four divisions of the National Football Conference of the NFL. The teams in the NFC South are Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

The NFC South was created in 2002 when the NFL realigned the league’s divisions. It is the youngest division in the NFL, along with the AFC South. All four current teams were original members.

List of NFC South Teams

  • Atlanta Falcons
  • Carolina Panthers
  • New Orleans Saints
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC South Performance History

The NFC South is not known for its overwhelming success but rather for its consistency. However, some of their teams have begun to pick up steam in recent years. Teams within the division rarely outshine one another, as it is the only division since its establishment to never have a team win all of its divisional matchups. Below is each team’s performance since the NFC South Division was created in 2002.

TeamPlayoff BerthsDivision TitlesNFC ChampionshipsSuper Bowl Titles
Atlanta Falcons7420
Carolina Panthers7520
New Orleans Saints9711
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5422

NFC South Super Bowl Appearances and Wins

The NFC South is one of five divisions that have had all of its members make an appearance in the Super Bowl. Tampa Bay and New Orleans have both capitalized on their Super Bowl appearances.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buccaneers won the Super Bowl in both the 2002-2003 season and the 2020-2021 season. In 2002, Tampa Bay defeated the San Francisco 49ers to win the Divisional Playoffs, after which they were victorious over the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship. In Super Bowl XXXVII, the Buccaneers faced the Oakland Raiders and successfully captured the Lombardi Trophy by a score of 48-21.

In 2020, the Buccaneers were invigorated by the arrival of all-time great quarterback Tom Brady after his departure from the New England Patriots, with whom he had won six Super Bowls in nine appearances. Though they did not secure that year’s Divisional Championship (which went to New Orleans), with Brady’s help, Tampa Bay defeated the Saints in the Divisional Round of the Playoffs, after which they overcame the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship. Brady and Tampa Bay went on to win Super Bowl LV, in which they played against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs by a score of 31-9.

New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints scored their sole Super Bowl win in the 2009-2010 season, in what has been their only Super Bowl appearance thus far. The Saints began by winning the Divisional Round against the Arizona Cardinals and then proceeded to the NFC Championship, where they defeated the Minnesota Vikings by a score of 31-28 in overtime. New Orleans, led by quarterback Drew Brees, then went on to win Super Bowl XLIV against the Indianapolis Colts, with a final score of 31-17.

Carolina Panthers

Meanwhile, considering the rest of the NFC South, the Carolina Panthers have appeared in the Super Bowl twice, though they lost both times, to the New England Patriots in 2003 and the Denver Broncos in 2015.

Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons have never hoisted the Lombardi Trophy, but like the Panthers, they have also appeared in two Super Bowls, losing to the Denver Broncos in 1998 and the New England Patriots in 2017.

NFC South Divisional Championships

The Saints currently have the most Divisional Championships in the NFC South, with seven, and the Panthers follow close behind with five division crowns. The Falcons come in third place with four divisional titles, being tied with the Buccaneers, who also have four. Only twice, Carolina from 2013-2015 and New Orleans from 2017-2018, has a division winner won multiple years in a row, emphasizing how balanced the AFC South has been.


What teams are in the NFC South?

The teams in the NFC South are the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. All four teams are based in the Southeast region of the US. The NFC South is one of the youngest divisions in the NFL as it was created in 2002, and its oldest member is the Falcons, which was created in 1966.

How long has the NFC South Division been in the NFL?

The NFC South division has been in the NFL since 2002 when the league expanded to 32 teams with the addition of the Houston Texans. However, all of the NFC South teams were in the NFL prior to 2002. The Falcons were founded in 1966, with the Saints following the next year, in 1967. The Buccaneers were founded in 1973. The Panthers are the youngest NFC South team, as they were founded in 1993.

What team has won the NFC South Division the most?

With seven divisional titles to their name, the New Orleans Saints are the team that has most often been crowned the NFC South Division champion. Their first championship title came in 2006 when they subsequently lost the NFC championship to the Eagles. Their next win came in 2009, which they rode to a Super Bowl victory. The Saints’ most recent NFC South Division championship title came in 2020, after which they lost in the divisional playoffs to the Buccaneers.