The NFC South has been nicknamed by Fox NFL Sunday as the "NASCAR Division," due to its geographic location in traditional "NASCAR Country," and NASCAR's coverage on Fox (Fox is also the home of most NFC games). Additionally, two of the division's cities (Atlanta and Charlotte) host NASCAR races, and the Charlotte area is the home base for most drivers and their crews.
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), Carolina (2003 and 2005), and New Orleans (2006 and 2009). All four teams have also made a Super Bowl appearance: Atlanta (XXXIII), Tampa Bay (XXXVII), Carolina (XXXVIII), and New Orleans (XLIV), with Tampa Bay and New Orleans having won. All four members of the NFC South have made post-season appearances before entering the division in 2002.
1 Atlanta appeared in Super Bowl XXXIII as a member of the NFC West. This table, however, only reflects championships (divisional, conference and league) and playoff berths earned as a member of the NFC South.
In every season since the division's first season, the team which finished in last place in the previous season would significantly improve their record in the following season. Additionally, the same team won the division; however, this did not occur in the 2008 or 2010 seasons.
Carolina finished last in 2002 (7–9) and finished first in 2003 (11–5).
Atlanta finished last in 2003 (5–11) and finished first in 2004 (11–5).
Tampa Bay finished last in 2004 (5–11) and finished first in 2005 (11–5).
New Orleans finished last in 2005 (3–13) and finished first in 2006 (10–6).
Tampa Bay finished last in 2006 (4–12) and finished first in 2007 (9–7).
Atlanta finished last in 2007 (4–12) and finished second with a playoff berth in 2008 (11–5).
New Orleans finished last in 2008 (8–8) and finished first in 2009 (13–3).
Tampa Bay finished last in 2009 (3-13) but despite finishing third in 2010 with a 10-6 record, did not make the playoffs, due to Green Bay holding the wild-card tiebreakers.
Carolina finished last in 2010 (2-14).
From 2002 to 2009, no team in the NFC South earned back-to-back playoff appearances. In Week 16 of the 2010 season, New Orleans clinched a wild-card berth, becoming the first NFC South team to earn consecutive playoff appearances; however, no team in the NFC South has earned back-to-back division championships.
Each team was won the division at least twice and made a playoff appearance at least three times since the division's formation. Tampa Bay is the only team which has not made the playoffs as a wild-card.