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Which NFC South Team Will Rise to the Top?

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Which NFC South Team Will Rise to the Top?

Maybe it's a good thing to finish last or near the bottom in the NFC South, because the very next year you'll probably go to the playoffs.

The Saints won the division in 2006, one year after finishing 3-13.

The Buccaneers also did it in 2005 after being 5-11 the previous season.

The Panthers went through a 7-9 campaign in 2007 and finished next-to-last. Carolina took control of the NFC South with a 12-4 record in 2008.

Atlanta finished 4-12 in 2007 in the short-termed Michael Vick/Bobby Petrino regime.

The Falcons then became a feel good story by going 11-5, having the NFL Rookie of the Year in quarterback Matt Ryan, and reaching the playoffs for the first time since the 2004-2005 season.

Last season, it was the Buccaneers and Saints who finished at the bottom of the NFC South.

Will one of those two rise out of the cellar and blow past Atlanta and Carolina? Or will it be the Falcons and Panthers again controlling the division?

Here's a look at the NFC South:

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