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FROM WORST TO FIRSTCompetitive balance in the NFL is so strong that a team going from "worst-to-first" in its division is becoming an annual tradition.  For the seventh consecutive season – an NFL record – at least one team has finished in first place in their division the season after finishing in last place. In fact, out of the 32 teams in NFL annals to go from "worst-to-first," 15 of them have done so in the past 10 years (2000-09), including an NFL-record three such teams in 2006.
 
One of the teams to make the remarkable turnaround in 2006 did so again in 2009…all the way to a Super Bowl victory. The New Orleans Saints, whose 8-8 record saw them finish last in the NFC South in 2008, improved by five wins en route to a 13-3 record and a division title for the second time in four seasons.  The Saints also became just the third to go from "worst-to-first" and cap the season with a win in the Super Bowl, following the 1999 St. Louis Rams and 2001 New England Patriots.
 
"One of your early goals is to win your division and generally that’s the first way to get in the playoffs," says New Orleans Saints head coach SEAN PAYTON.  "So we were pleased with that."
 
The teams to go from "worst-to-first" in their division since 2000:


SEASON     TEAM                        RECORD             PRIOR SEASON RECORD
2000            New Orleans            10-6                                  3-13
2001            Chicago                     13-3                                  5-11
2001            New England**        11-5                                  5-11
2003            Carolina                    11-5                                   7-9
2003            Kansas City              13-3                                   8-8*
2004            Atlanta                        11-5                                   5-11
2004            San Diego                 12-4                                   4-12*
2005            Chicago                     11-5                                   5-11
2005            Tampa Bay                11-5                                   5-11
2006            Baltimore                   13-3                                   6-10*
2006            New Orleans             10-6                                   3-13
2006            Philadelphia              10-6                                   6-10
2007            Tampa Bay                  9-7                                    4-12
2008            Miami                         11-5                                    1-15
2009            New Orleans**         13-3                                     8-8
* Tied for last place  ** Won Super Bowl

 
 
 

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