While the Saints were playing in Baltimore on Sunday, the rest of the NFC South was also in action. While there was no change in the division’s standings on Sunday, it was a big day for the members of the NFC South.
The NFC South-leading Atlanta Falcons went into Seattle and demolished the Seahawks by the score of 34-18. After a couple of slow weeks, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan kicked it into high gear again, completing 20 of his 35 pass attempts for 174 yards and three touchdowns. Although the Falcons have all but clinched the NFC South crown, their next game against the Saints remains a big game for both teams.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers welcomed the Detroit Lions and their 26-game road losing streak to Raymond James Stadium on Sunday. The Lions left Tampa without the streak. The Lions defeated the Bucs 23-20 in overtime, dropping the Bucs record to 8-6, and severely damaging their postseason chances. Both Josh Freeman and LeGarrette Blount turned in solid performances for the Bucs, but it wasn’t enough for them to get the home victory.
On Sunday, the Carolina Panthers doubled their season’s win total against the woeful Arizona Cardinals. Even though it only brings their win total to two, it was Panthers quarterback Jimmy Clausen’s first win as a starting quarterback, and slowly reduced the Panthers’ odds of getting the top pick in the 2010 NFL draft.