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NFC South standings, Week 18: The dust has settled

The New Orleans Saints took down the Atlanta Falcons in dominating fashion to close out the 2023 season. There were multiple young players flashed their talents, hopefully it transfers to next season. Unfortunately for New Orleans, the Buccaneers, Seahawks and Packers all won their season finales. This leaves the Saints on the outside looking into the playoffs.

New Orleans loses the tiebreaker to Tampa Bay because the Buccaneers have a better conference record. This leaves the Saints second in the division at the end of the season. Let’s take a look at the final NFC South divisional standings.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-8)

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Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Division record: 4-2

Conference record: 7-5

Points differential: +23

Top 2024 draft pick: No. 20 (projected)

New Orleans Saints (9-8)

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Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Division record: 4-2

Conference record: 6-6

Points differential: +75

Top 2024 draft pick: No. 14

Atlanta Falcons (7-10)

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Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Division record: 3-3

Conference record: 4-8

Points differential: -52

Top 2024 draft pick: No. 8

Carolina Panthers (2-14)

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Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Division record: 1-5

Conference record: 1-11

Points differential: -180

Top 2024 draft pick: No. 33

Story originally appeared on Saints Wire