TEAMS
National Football Conference
South Division
DIVISION CHAMPIONS
ATLANTA
FALCONS
(ATLANTA, GA)
(1966-PRESENT)
STADIUM

(MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM)
(71,000)
(2017-PRESENT)
FIRST SEASON
1966
CAROLINA
PANTHERS
(CHARLOTTE, NC)
(1995-PRESENT)
STADIUM

(BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM)
(75,419)
(1996-PRESENT)
FIRST SEASON
1995
NEW ORLEANS
SAINTS
(NEW ORLEANS, LA)
(1967-PRESENT)
STADIUM

(MERCEDES BENZ SUPERDOME)
(73,000)
(1975-2004/2006-PRESENT)
FIRST SEASON
1967
TAMPA BAY
BUCCANEERS
(TAMPA, FL)
(1976-PRESENT)
STADIUM
(RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM)
(65,890)
(1998-PRESENT)
FIRST SEASON
1976
TEAM HISTORY

Shortly after insurance executive Rankin Smith brought professional football to Atlanta, a local radio station sponsored a contest to name the team. Thirteen hundred people combined to suggest more than 500 names, including Peaches, Vibrants, Lancers, Confederates, Firebirds, and Thrashers. While several fans submitted the nickname Falcons, schoolteacher Julia Elliott of nearby Griffin was declared the winner of the contest for the reason she provided. “The falcon is proud and dignified, with great courage and fight,” Elliott wrote. “It never drops its prey. It is deadly and has great sporting tradition.” She won four season tickets for three years and a football autographed by the entire 1966 inaugural team. Their stadium hosts college football's Peach Bowl and the Southeastern Conference Championship Game.
NAMES
Atlanta Falcons (1966–PRESENT)
LEAGUE/CONFERENCE AFFILIATIONS
National Football League (1966-PRESENT)
  • Eastern Conference (1966)
  • Western Conference (1967–1969)
    • Central Division (1967-1969)
  • National Football Conference (1970-PRESENT)
    • West Division (1970-2001)
    • South Division (2002-PRESENT)
TITLES
SUPER BOWL TITLES (0)
CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS (4): NFC: 1998, 2016
DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS (21): NFC WEST: 1980, 1998
NFC SOUTH: 2004, 2010, 2012, 2016
PLAYOFF APPEARANCES (14)
NFL: 1978, 1980, 1982, 1991, 1995, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010-2012, 2016-2017
LOGOS
(1966-1989)
(1990-2002)
(2003-PRESENT)
HELMETS
(1966-1969)
(1970-1977)
(1978-1983)
(1984-1989)
(1990-2002)
(2003-PRESENT)
STADIUMS
ATLANTA-FULTON
COUNTY STADIUM
(ATLANTA, GA)
(1966-1991)
GEORGIA DOME
(ATLANTA, GA)
(1992-2016)
MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM
(ATLANTA, GA)
(2017-PRESENT)


Panthers team president Mark Richardson, the son of team owner Jerry Richardson, chose the Panthers nickname because "it's a name our family thought signifies what we thought a team should be—powerful, sleek and strong." Richardson also chose the 1995 expansion team’s color scheme of black, blue, and silver, a choice that initially came under scrutiny from NFL Properties representatives. According to one newspaper report, the concern was raised at the 1993 NFL meetings that a team nicknamed the Panthers that featured black in its color scheme would appeal to street gangs and reflect poorly on the league. Their stadium hosts college football's Belk Bowl and the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game. Whilst then called Ericsson Stadium (due to sponsorship) was being built, they shared with the Clemson Tigers college football team at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, SC and moved into their new stadium in 1996.
NAMES
Carolina Panthers (1995–PRESENT)
LEAGUE/CONFERENCE AFFILIATIONS
National Football League (1995-PRESENT)
  • National Football Conference (1995-PRESENT)
    • West Division (1995-2001)
    • South Division (2002-PRESENT)
TITLES
SUPER BOWL TITLES (0)
CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS (2): NFC: 2003, 2015
DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS (6): NFC WEST: 1996
NFC SOUTH: 2003, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015
PLAYOFF APPEARANCES (8)
NFL: 1996, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2013-2015, 2017
LOGOS
(1995-2011)
(2012-PRESENT)
HELMETS
(1995-2011)
(2012-PRESENT)
STADIUMS
MEMORIAL STADIUM
(CLEMSON, SC)
(1995)
BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM
(CHARLOTTE, NC)
(1996-PRESENT)


New Orleans was awarded an NFL franchise on All Saints’ Day, November 1, 1966. The nickname was a popular choice in a name-the-team contest sponsored by the New Orleans States-Item, which announced the news of the new franchise with the headline, “N.O. goes pro!” The nickname, chosen by team owner John Mecom, was a nod to the city’s jazz heritage and taken from the popular song, “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Their logo is a simplified fleur-de-lis. In 1980, the Saints lost their first 14 games, which prompted local sportscaster Bernard "Buddy D" Diliberto to advise Saints fans to wear paper bags over their heads at the team's home games; many bags rendered the club's name as the 'Aints rather than the Saints. Their stadium hosts college football's Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Bowl and Bayou Classic (Grambling State vs Southern). In 2005, due to the damage sustained by Hurricane Katrina, games were rescheduled for Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey (the Giants' home stadium); Alamodome in San Antonio, TX and Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, LA.
NAMES
New Orleans Saints (1967–PRESENT)
LEAGUE/CONFERENCE AFFILIATIONS
National Football League (1967-PRESENT)
  • Eastern Conference (1967-1969)
    • Capitol Division (1967;1969)
    • Century Division (1968)
  • National Football Conference (1970-PRESENT)
    • West Division (1970-2001)
    • South Division (2002-PRESENT)
TITLES
SUPER BOWL TITLES (1): 2009 (XLIV)
CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS (1): NFC: 2009
DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS (7): NFC WEST: 1991, 2000
NFC SOUTH: 2006, 2009, 2011, 2017, 2018
PLAYOFF APPEARANCES (12)
NFL: 1987, 1990-1992, 2000, 2006, 2009-2011, 2013, 2017-2018
LOGOS
(1967-1999)
(2000-2001)
(2002-2011)
(2012-2016)
(2017-PRESENT)
HELMETS
(1967)
LAST 12 GAMES
(1967-1968(FIRST 2 GAMES))
1969-1975
(1976-1999)
(2000-PRESENT)
STADIUMS
TULANE STADIUM
(NEW ORLEANS, LA)
(1967-1974)
MERCEDES-BENZ SUPERDOME
(NEW ORLEANS, LA)
(1975-PRESENT)
TEMPORARY STADIUMS DUE TO 2005 HURRICANE KATRINA
ALAMODOME
(SAN ANTONIO, TX)
(3 GAMES)
GIANTS STADIUM
(EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ)
(1 GAME)
TIGER STADIUM
(BATON ROUGE, LA)
(4 GAMES)


Tampa Bay Buccaneers got its name by a panel of local sportswriters and representatives from the NFL expansion team, including owner Hugh F. Culverhouse, who chose Buccaneers from an original list of more than 400 names in 1975. The nickname, which was a popular choice among fans in a name-the-team contest, was a nod to the pirates who raided Florida’s coasts during the 17th century.

Their uniforms and "Bucco Bruce" winking pirate logo were designed by Tampa Tribune artist Lamar Sparkman using colors drawn from the state's four major college teams at the time: orange from the universities of Miami and Florida, and red from Florida State and the University of Tampa.

Their stadium hosts college football's Outback Bowl and South Florida Bulls college football team. The Buccaneers joined the NFL as an expansion team along with the Seattle Seahawks in 1976.
NAMES
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1976–PRESENT)
LEAGUE/CONFERENCE AFFILIATIONS
National Football League (1976-PRESENT)
  • American Football Conference (1976)
    • West Division (1976)
  • National Football Conference (1977-PRESENT)
    • Central Division (1977-2001)
    • South Division (2002-PRESENT)
TITLES
SUPER BOWL TITLES (1): 2002 (XXXVII)
CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS (1): NFC: 2002
DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS (6): NFC CENTRAL: 1979, 1981, 1999
NFC SOUTH: 2002, 2005, 2007
PLAYOFF APPEARANCES (10)
NFL: 1979, 1981-1982, 1997, 1999-2002, 2005, 2007
LOGOS
(1976-1996)
(1997-2013)
(2014-PRESENT)
HELMETS
(1976-1996)
(1997-2013)
(2014-PRESENT)
STADIUMS
TAMPA STADIUM
(TAMPA, FL)
(1976-1997)
RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM
(TAMPA, FL)
(1998-PRESENT)
DIVISION HISTORY
NFC SOUTH 2002-PRESENT
  • This division was in 2002 and has always featured the same teams.
  • Prior to 2002, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were in the AFC West (1976) and NFC Central (1977-2001) and the others formed 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).
  • Only Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints have won 1 Super Bowl each.
2002-PRESENT
ATLANTA
FALCONS
CAROLINA
PANTHERS
NEW ORLEANS
SAINTS
TAMPA BAY
BUCCANEERS
Updated: 15 september 2019