AFC South

AFC South
Conference American Football Conference
League National Football League
Sport American football
Founded 2002
No. of teams 4
Most recent AFC South champion(s) Jacksonville Jaguars (1st title)
Most AFC South titles Indianapolis Colts
(9 titles)

The AFC South is a division of the National Football League (NFL)'s American Football Conference (AFC). 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 2016, the Colts hold a 494–433–7 record and a 22–23 playoff record with two NFL league crowns, four Super Bowl appearances and two wins. The Titans hold a record of 404–442–6 with a playoff record of 14–19, including two AFL championships and the loss in Super Bowl XXXIV. The Jaguars hold a 152–184 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 97–127 record and a 2–3 playoff record.

The Colts' Super Bowl XLI victory in 2006 is the only Super Bowl win from the AFC South to date, and the division owns the longest active Super Bowl victory drought. The next ten Super Bowls were won by at least one team in the other seven divisions, including seven victories from seven divisions from 2009 to 2015.



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.


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 then 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 29-17 in Week 15 that season. In the playoffs, the Texans beat the Bengals once again, 19-13, but lost to the New England Patriots 41-28 during the Divisional Weekend. The Colts would retake the AFC South division crown in 2013. Indianapolis swept all three of its divisional opponents during the 2013 campaign to reclaim its first division title since 2010. Again in 2014, the Colts claimed the division title by defeating the Texans in a week 15 matchup, 17-10. The Texans took over as AFC South champions in 2015 following their 30-6 win over Jacksonville in week 16. Houston repeated as division champions in 2016; despite finishing with matching 9-7 records along with Tennessee, the Texans earned the AFC South’s automatic berth into the NFL playoffs based on finishing better against the division (5-1) than the Titans (2-4). In 2017, the Jacksonville Jaguars won their first AFC South title after a Titans loss to the Rams in Week 16. In the previous week, the Jaguars had clinched their first playoff birth since 2007, with a win against the Texans.

Division lineups

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AFC South Division
02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Houston Texans
Indianapolis Colts
Jacksonville Jaguars
Tennessee Titans
     Division Won Super Bowl      Division Won AFC Championship

Division champions

SeasonTeamRecordPlayoff Results
2002Tennessee Titans11–5–0# Won Divisional Playoff, Lost AFC Championship Game
2003Indianapolis Colts12–4–0Won Wild Card and AFC Divisional Games, Lost AFC Championship Game
2004Indianapolis Colts12–4–0Won Wild Card Game, Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
2005Indianapolis Colts14–2–0# Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
2006Indianapolis Colts12–4–0Won Wild Card, Divisional, AFC Championship Game, Won Super Bowl XLI
2007Indianapolis Colts13–3–0# Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
2008Tennessee Titans13–3–0# Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
2009Indianapolis Colts14–2–0# Won Divisional and AFC Championship Games, Lost Super Bowl XLIV
2010Indianapolis Colts10–6–0Lost AFC Wild Card Playoffs
2011Houston Texans10–6–0Won Wild Card Game, Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
2012Houston Texans12–4–0Won Wild Card Game, Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
2013Indianapolis Colts11–5–0Won Wild Card Game, Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
2014Indianapolis Colts11–5–0Won Wild Card Game, Won AFC Divisional Playoffs, Lost AFC Championship playoffs
2015Houston Texans9–7–0Lost AFC Wild Card Playoffs
2016Houston Texans9–7–0Won AFC Wild Card Playoffs, Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
2017Jacksonville Jaguars10–6–0Won AFC Wild Card Playoffs, Won AFC Divisional Playoffs, Lost AFC Championship Game

# Team earned first-round bye.

Wild Card qualifiers

SeasonTeamRecordPlayoff Results
2002Indianapolis Colts10–6–0Lost AFC Wild Card Playoffs
2003Tennessee Titans12–4–0Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
2005Jacksonville Jaguars12–4–0Lost AFC Wild Card Playoffs
2007Jacksonville Jaguars
Tennessee Titans
Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs
Lost AFC Wild Card Playoffs
2008Indianapolis Colts12–4–0Lost AFC Wild Card Playoffs
2012Indianapolis Colts11–5–0Lost AFC Wild Card Playoffs
2017 Tennessee Titans 9–7–0 Lost AFC Divisional Playoffs

Team playoff berths

Stats updated through 2016 season.

Total playoff berths as members of the AFC South

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Super Bowl
Indianapolis Colts 91221
Houston Texans 4400
Tennessee Titans 2500
Jacksonville Jaguars 1 300

Total playoff berths in team history

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Super Bowl
Indianapolis Colts1627732
Houston Texans44000
Jacksonville Jaguars37000
Tennessee Titans922120

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

Season results

(#) Denotes team that won the Super Bowl
(#) Denotes team that won the AFC Championship
(#) Denotes team that qualified for the NFL Playoffs
SeasonTeam (record)
2002(2) Tennessee (11–5)(5) Indianapolis (10–6)Jacksonville (6–10)Houston (4–12)
2003(3) Indianapolis (12–4)(5) Tennessee (12–4)Jacksonville (5–11)Houston (5–11)
2004(3) Indianapolis (12–4)Jacksonville (9–7)Houston (7–9)Tennessee (5–11)
2005(1) Indianapolis (14–2)(5) Jacksonville (12–4)Tennessee (4–12)Houston (2–14)
2006(3) Indianapolis (12–4)Tennessee (8–8)Jacksonville (8–8)Houston (6–10)
2007(2) Indianapolis (13–3)(5) Jacksonville (11–5)(6) Tennessee (10–6)Houston (8–8)
2008(1) Tennessee (13–3)(5) Indianapolis (12–4)Houston (8–8)Jacksonville (5–11)
2009(1) Indianapolis (14–2)Houston (9–7)Tennessee (8–8)Jacksonville (7–9)
2010(3) Indianapolis (10–6)Jacksonville (8–8)Houston (6–10)Tennessee (6–10)
2011(3) Houston (10–6)Tennessee (9–7)Jacksonville (5–11)Indianapolis (2–14)
2012(3) Houston (12–4)(5) Indianapolis (11–5)Tennessee (6–10)Jacksonville (2–14)
2013(4) Indianapolis (11–5)Tennessee (7–9)Jacksonville (4–12)Houston (2–14)
2014(4) Indianapolis (11–5)Houston (9–7)Jacksonville (3–13)Tennessee (2–14)
2015(4) Houston (9–7)Indianapolis (8–8)Jacksonville (5–11)Tennessee (3–13)
2016(4) Houston (9–7)Tennessee (9–7)Indianapolis (8–8)Jacksonville (3–13)
2017(3) Jacksonville (10–6)(5) Tennessee (9–7)Indianapolis (4–12)Houston (4–12)


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