AFC South

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AFC South
Conference American Football Conference
League National Football League
Sport American Football
Founded 2002
No. of teams
Most recent champion(s) Indianapolis Colts (8th title)
Most titles Indianapolis Colts (8 titles)

The AFC South is a division of the National Football League's American Football Conference. It was created before the 2002 season when the league realigned divisions after expanding to 32 teams. Since its creation, the division has had the same four members: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Tennessee Titans.

Before the 2002 season, the Texans did not exist, the Colts belonged to the AFC East, and the Titans and Jaguars were members of the AFC Central. Indianapolis, Tennessee, and Jacksonville all won multiple division titles and wild card berths in their prior respective divisions.

Entering 2013, the Colts hold a 464–415–7 record and a 19–21 playoff record with three NFL league crowns, four Super Bowl appearances and two wins. The Titans hold a record of 392–406–6 with a playoff record of 14–19, including two AFL championships and the loss in Super Bowl XXXIV. The Jaguars hold a 140–148 record and a 5–6 playoff record. The Texans made the playoffs for the first time in their ten-season existence in 2011 and hold a 77–99 record and a 2–2 playoff record.

History[edit]

2000s[edit]

When the NFL realigned for the 2002 schedule, the newly created AFC South was formed from two former AFC Central teams, an AFC East team, and an expansion team. Its inaugural season was won by the Tennessee Titans who went on to play in the AFC Championship game. For the next five years, the Indianapolis Colts won the division including their victory in Super Bowl XLI. In 2007, the AFC South had the best division record of all time based on the combined 42–22 (.656 winning percentage). The record was previously held by the 1975 AFC Central's .643 winning percentage.[1] In 2008, the Tennessee Titans won the division, ending Indianapolis' five year streak of division titles. However in 2009, the Colts would storm back to win their 6th division championship in Week 12 of the season with a win over the Houston Texans and a loss by the Jacksonville Jaguars to the San Francisco 49ers.

2010s[edit]

In 2010, the Colts again won their division by winning their final four games, including a victory over the Jaguars that tied the records of the two teams. The Colts controlled their own destiny, with Jacksonville losing its last three games of the season. In 2011, the Houston Texans won their first AFC South title, qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. In Week 14, Houston had to beat Cincinnati and New Orleans had to beat the Titans to secure the playoffs for Houston. Houston won 20–19 and New Orleans won 22–17 against the Titans, giving Houston their first ever playoff spot the Texans had won their first Playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals 31 - 10 but soon lost to the Baltimore Ravens 20 - 13 in the Divisional game. The Texans repeated as AFC South champions in 2012 as well after beating Indianapolis in Week 14 that season in the playoffs the Texans beat the Bengals once again 19 - 13 and lost to the New England Patriots 41 - 28 during the Divisional Weekend.

Division lineups[edit]

Place cursor over year for division champ or Super Bowl team.

AFC South Division
Years
02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36
Houston Texans
Indianapolis Colts
Jacksonville Jaguars
Tennessee Titans
     Division Won Super Bowl      Division Won AFC Championship

Division champions[edit]

Season Team Record Playoff Results
2002 Tennessee Titans 11–5–0 # Won Divisional Playoff, Lost AFC Championship Game
2003 Indianapolis Colts 12–4–0 Won Wild Card and AFC Divisional Games, Lost AFC Championship Game
2004 Indianapolis Colts 12–4–0 Won Wild Card Game, Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
2005 Indianapolis Colts 14–2–0 # Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
2006 Indianapolis Colts 12–4–0 Won Wild Card, Divisional, AFC Championship Games, Won Super Bowl XLI0
2007 Indianapolis Colts 13–3–0 # Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
2008 Tennessee Titans 13–3–0 # Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
2009 Indianapolis Colts 14–2–0 # Won Divisional and AFC Championship Games, Lost Super Bowl XLIV
2010 Indianapolis Colts 10–6–0 Lost AFC Wild Card Playoffs
2011 Houston Texans 10–6–0 Won Wild Card Game, Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
2012 Houston Texans 12–4–0 Won Wild Card Game, Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
2013 Indianapolis Colts 11–5–0 Won Wild Card Game, Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs

# Team earned first-round bye. * Season in progress.

Wild Card qualifiers[edit]

Season Team Record Playoff Results
2002 Indianapolis Colts 10–6–0 Lost AFC Wild Card Playoffs
2003 Tennessee Titans 12–4–0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
2005 Jacksonville Jaguars 12–4–0 Lost AFC Wild Card Playoffs
2007 Jacksonville Jaguars
Tennessee Titans
11–5–0
10–6–0
Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
Lost AFC Wild Card Playoffs
2008 Indianapolis Colts 12–4–0 Lost AFC Wild Card Playoffs
2012 Indianapolis Colts 11–5–0 Lost AFC Wild Card Playoffs

Team playoff berths[edit]

In the sortable table below, teams can be ordered by name, number of division wins, playoff berths, or titles. To change, click button to right of heading.

Team Division
Titles
Playoff
Berths
AFC
Championships
Super Bowl
Championships
Indianapolis Colts 8 11 2 1
Houston Texans 2 2 0 0
Jacksonville Jaguars 0 2 0 0
Tennessee Titans 2 4 1 0

Total playoff berths in team history[edit]

In the sortable table below, teams can be ordered by name, number of division wins, playoff berths, or titles. To change, click button to right of heading.

Team Division
Titles
Playoff
Berths
Conference
Championships
NFL/AFL1
Titles
Super Bowl
Championships
Indianapolis Colts 15 26 8 3 2
Houston Texans 2 2 0 0 0
Jacksonville Jaguars 2 6 0 0 0
Tennessee Titans 9 21 1 2 0

1 Colts won NFL Titles as the Baltimore Colts. Titans won AFL Titles as the Houston Oilers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cold, Hard Football Facts.com". Archived from the original on 27 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-31.