Atlanta ruled the NFC South in 2016, but is Tampa Bay a threat to the crown after signing Chris Baker and DeSean Jackson? Chris Wesseling studies offseason developments in the division.
Matt Ryan, who has his Atlanta Falcons poised to play in the Super Bowl, has won the 2016 Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year award. The quarterback who led the league in passing this season in the best performance of his nine-year career, led Atlanta to the NFC South title before helping
The Seattle Seahawks mounted a come-from-behind effort to take down the Atlanta Falcons at CenturyLink Field in Week 6, but the NFC South champions refused to let their foot off the gas Saturday with a trip to the NFC Championship Game on the line...
The Atlanta Falcons have had an impressive season, as they won the NFC South with a 11-5 record and earned the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoff structure...
The Atlanta Falcons are the NFC South champions and the No. 2 seed in the NFC, propelled to those perches by a prolific passing game led by MVP candidate Matt Ryan ...
The Atlanta quarterback threw four touchdown passes to lead the Falcons to a 38-32 victory over the New Orleans Saints, securing a first-round playoff bye for the NFC South champions. Ryan was 17 of 19 for 235 yards by halftime, directing the Falcons (11-5) to touchdowns on all five possessions and
Despite being No. 1 in the preseason Associated Press Pro 32 rankings, Carolina never came close to making it back to the Super Bowl. In fact, the Panthers didn't even make it back to the playoffs, ending a three-year run as NFC South champions. You really do,'' Rivera said.
The Falcons have turned a 4-3 start into a 10-5 record, clinching their first postseason appearance and first NFC South title in four years. ''We know there's an opportunity for us there, and we're going to go for it in the biggest way that we can,'' Quinn said Monday. Quinn
The Falcons won their first NFC South crown since 2012, but just as important, Atlanta can earn a first-round playoff bye with a win in Week 17.
The Atlanta Falcons have qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2012. There was a lot of scoreboard-watching Saturday after the 33-16 win over the Carolina Panthers ...
The Buccaneers loss combined with a Falcons victory means the NFC South is no longer within reach and the chances of a wild-card slot are slim.
The inevitable has become reality: The Carolina Panthers won't be a part of the postseason for the first time since 2012. After winning an unprecedented three straight NFC South titles, last year's Super Bowl losers were eliminated from playoff contention with a 33-16 loss to the Atlanta Falcons
Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons knew coming into the season that the road to the NFC South championship would go through Carolina. The Falcons (9-5) can capture the division their first division title since 2012 on Saturday with a win over the three-time defending NFC South champion Panthers on their
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-6) and New Orleans Saints (6-8) will square off against each other for the second time in three weeks when they meet at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in a key NFC South matchup on Saturday...
The Atlanta Falcons (9-5) can move one step closer to winning the NFC South title with a victory Saturday against the Carolina Panthers (6-8) as small road favorites...
The star linebacker tandem of Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis fueled the Carolina Panthers' three consecutive NFC South titles from 2013 to 2015. But how much longer will it stay intact?
Coach Dan Quinn appreciates how the Atlanta Falcons are positioned atop the NFC South, holding a one-game lead over Tampa Bay with two games left in the regular season. Now if the Falcons could just stop getting key players hurt, but Quinn is hardly despondent. ''I know we're judged by
The Atlanta Falcons proved in back-to-back weeks they can maintain focus when playing struggling teams from outside their division. Now Atlanta can lock in on their goal of winning the NFC South. Devonta Freeman ran for 139 yards and three touchdowns and Atlanta overwhelmed San Francisco 41-13 on Sunday
Dan Quinn figured two touchdowns from his Falcons defense against the Rams was about right. ''We joked that we gave up 14 but they made up for it by scoring 14,'' the Atlanta coach said Monday, the day after his Falcons protected their share of the NFC South lead by beating the Los Angeles
The Buccaneers (8-5) remain tied with the Falcons atop the NFC South after knocking off the Saints (5-8) at home. Here's what we learned from Tampa Bay's 16-11 win over New Orleans.
TAMPA -- The New Orleans Saints knew it was a long shot. Down two games in the NFC South with four to play, the Saints needed a lot of things to their way in order for them to make the playoffs.
No Julio Jones, no problem for the Falcons, who jumped on the Rams early and didn't let up in a blowout win that kept them atop the NFC South.
Tampa Bay's fifth straight win -- a defensive gem against the Saints -- keeps the Bucs on pace with the Falcons for first place in the NFC South.
The Atlanta Falcons travel to Los Angeles this week to take on the Rams. The game is a critical one for the Falcons (7-5) as they fight not only to win the NFC South, but to hold on to a playoff spot. The Rams (4-8) are looking to play spoiler and to hold out hope they can finish the 2016 campaign without a losing record.
Welcome to the NFC South, where two games over .500 gives the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a share of first place, and two under has the New Orleans Saints in position to make up ground in a hurry. The surging Bucs (7-5), and explosive, but inconsistent Saints (5-7) meet in a key divisional matchup Sunday,
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons returned to practice Wednesday tied for the lead in the NFC South and all banged up for the final month of the regular season.
There are no more lingering questions about whether the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are relevant again. The team's four-game winning streak not only has catapulted Jameis Winston and his supporting cast into playoff contention, but the Bucs (7-5) also are tied for first place in the NFC South with the
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers four-game win streak puts them tied atop the NFC South. The improved play of Mike Smith's defense has been the catalyst to the run.
At 3-5, following a blowout loss to the Atlanta Falcons, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looked practically finished. The Buccaneers got their fourth straight victory Sunday, a 28-21 road win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. The last three wins have been really impressive: a victory at the Kansas City
The Atlanta Falcons are one game ahead of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC South. The Kansas City Chiefs' dramatic overtime win over the Denver Broncos puts them one game behind the Oakland Raiders in the AFC West. The Falcons have had a great year on offense, as one of three NFL teams averaging
The Atlanta Falcons continue to protect their NFC South lead by finding productive replacements for injured starters. The latest evidence of the team's depth came in Sunday's 38-19 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Fill-in starters Matt Wile and Jalen Collins and backup receiver Taylor Gabriel
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers earned arguably their biggest win of the Jameis Winston era, knocking off the Seattle Seahawks in Florida. The Bucs remain just one game behind the Falcons in the NFC South.
The Buccaneers' rejuvenated defense gets Tampa Bay a 19-17 win against the Chiefs, back to .500, and into second place in the NFC South.
Dan Quinn compares his Atlanta Falcons to a cellphone running low on juice. Coming off another potential win that got away but still on top in the NFC South, the Falcons are heading into a late-season bye week looking to invigorate themselves mentally and physically for the stretch run. Quinn, the
Atlanta is the only team above .500 in the NFC South, but it's not a lock to win the division, with three squads within two games in the loss column.
Matt Ryan's MVP-ish start to the season has carried the Falcons to the top of the NFC South. What unlocked the quarterback's previously untapped potential?
The NFC South leaders tightened their grip on first place in the division with a 43-28 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with Ryan throwing for 344 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions on Thursday night. The victory avenged a 7-point home loss to Tampa Bay in the season opener. It also
Los Angeles (AFP) - Matt Ryan threw for 344 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Atlanta Falcons to a 43-28 NFL victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Florida.
Matt Ryan threw for 344 yards and four touchdowns, helping the Atlanta Falcons tighten their grip on first place in the NFC South with a 43-28 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night. Julio Jones had eight receptions for 111 yards and a TD as the Falcons (6-3) avenged a season-opening
The NFC South is the Atlanta Falcons' division, and the other teams are just living in it. Atlanta cruised to a 43-28 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday at Raymond ...
The Atlanta Falcons don't look like a team that is going to fade away this time around. The team's 43-20 win in Tampa Thursday night gives the team breathing room in the NFC South. Here's what we learned.
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