- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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When it comes to allowing yards after the catch, two NFC South defenses are the worst in the NFL.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, the New Orleans Saints have allowed a league-worst 636 yards after the catch (YAC). Their percentage of yards allowed after the catch also is a league-worst 55.8 percent.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are No. 31 with 610 yards after the catch. But their percentage of yards that come after the catch is only 43 percent, which puts them in the middle of the league.
The Carolina Panthers are only slightly better than the Saints and Buccaneers when it comes to allowing yards after the catch. They’ve allowed 538 (No. 27) and their percentage of yards that have come after the catch is 47.9.
The undefeated Atlanta Falcons are the only defense in the NFC South that’s faring well in this category. The Falcons have allowed 375 yards after the catch (No. 8) and 42.3 percent of their passing yards allowed have come after the catch.