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The AFC South is the worst division in football

San Francisco 49ers v Seattle Seahawks

SEATTLE - DECEMBER 24: Place kicker David Akers #2 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates a field goal in the third quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 24, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. The 49ers defeated the Seahawks 19-17. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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Make fun of the NFC West no more.

With the emergence of the 49ers as a legitimate title threat and the rise of Seattle and Arizona late in the season, the NFC West no longer looks like the worst division of football.

We’re going to give that honor to the AFC South for the year. ESPN.com’s Mike Sando notes that the AFC South has a .325 winning percentage (13-27) out of division play.

That’s the worst record out of the division in the league by far. The NFC West and AFC West are tied for second-to-last with an 18-22 record out of the division.

This was a good year for the Northern divisions. The AFC North is 25-15 out of division, while the NFC North is 24-16.

The AFC South comes in last because they have two truly terrible teams -- the Jaguars and Colts. The Titans are mediocre, while the Texans’ injuries have made them a slightly below average division champion.

Add it all up, and the NFC West doesn’t look like the worst division in football for the first time in a long time.