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Saturday, August 14, 2010
NFC South's history of worst to first

By Pat Yasinskas

There has been a lot of talk, particularly from Tampa Bay’s fans, about the NFC South’s tendency to have a team go from worst to first.

Let’s explore this phenomenon a little because it is a big part of the NFC South’s history. In every season since the division began play in 2002, the last place team has jumped to first place the following year with only one exception: 2008.

Since divisional realignment, that has happened 12 times all around the league and precisely half of them have come from the NFC South. Also, each NFC South team has done it at least once. Here’s the complete history of the team’s that went from worst to first.