The NFC South was well-represented in the playoffs this year, with the Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons all making it in. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the lone team left out, to the misery of many Bucs fans.
Two-and-a-half playoff weekends in, though, the NFC South has just the New Orleans Saints left. Drew Brees and company will face the Minnesota Vikings at 4: 40 p.m. ET today, after eliminating the Carolina Panthers last weekend.
The Atlanta Falcons had progressed to the divisional round by handily beating the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday, in what was a pretty dominant display. After losing in embarrassing fashion on the 2017 Super Bowl, they seemed to be on their way back.
And then Nick Foles ruined their night. Or rather: the Philadelphia Eagles capitalized on Matt Ryan’s complete incompetence, and advanced to the conference championships. So much for that, Falcons. And so much for that impressive NFC South season.
The Saints will have the opportunity to save the NFC South’s face today. But the Bucs are still left out, until next year.