NFC South well represented
The NFC South has represented the Conference in the Super Bowl the last two seasons through the Panthers and the Falcons.
The Carolina Panthers lost to the Denver Broncos and the Atlanta Falcons fell to the New England Patriots and this season the New Orleans Saints join them in the post-season, as the NFC South is the only Division with three members to advance to the play-offs.
Obviously beating up on each other negated any realistic chance of a first round bye and so the Panthers travel to New Orleans to play the Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome while the Falcons are in Los Angeles to take on the Rams.
New Orleans defeated the Panthers both times they played this season, 34-13 in Charlotte at the Bank of America Stadium in Week 3 of the campaign and then again the first week of December when the hosts prevailed 31-21.
In each game quarterback Drew Brees threw for more yards than his counterpart Cam Newton while the Saints rushing attack outpaced the Panthers.
There's a cliché in football that says it's difficult to beat a team three times in a season, but in fact in such match ups since the merger the team with the winning record in the regular season has gone on to win the third game in more cases than not.
Over in Los Angeles the Falcons will take their first post-season step in looking to get back to the Super Bowl. Stunned by the New England Patriots in the title game last season, Atlanta has not played particularly well all year and in the Rams face an up and coming side.
The Patriots are 1.20 to win the AFC with the Falcons 1213.00 to win the NFC and the Minnesota Vikings priced at 1.57.
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