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2012 NFC South Standings: Atlanta still holds 4-game lead

The Atlanta Falcons hold a four-game lead over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC South.

Rob Carr

The Atlanta Falcons continue to hold a commanding four-game lead in the NFC South after a dominant 30-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 8.

Atlanta sits at 7-0, four games ahead of the 3-4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs had closed the Falcons' lead to 3.5 with a stellar 36-17 Thursday night road win over the Minnesota Vikings, but Atlanta pushed it right back out to four on Sunday.

The New Orleans Saints fell five games behind Atlanta after an ugly 34-14 loss on Sunday night to the Denver Broncos. The Saints' defense has been an absolute disaster, giving up over 470 yards per game, including 530 in the loss to the Broncos.

Bringing up the rear in the division are the 1-6 Carolina Panthers. The Panthers had a chance to upset the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Week 8, but they lost on a last-second field goal by Robbie Gould. The Panthers blew a 19-7 fourth quarter lead in the game.

Here are the standings:

NFC South Standings

Atlanta 7 0 0 201 130
Tampa Bay 3 4 0 184 153
New Orleans 2 5 0 190 216
Carolina 1 6 0 128 167

(updated 10.28.2012 at 10:35 PM CDT)

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.