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This is how the Buccaneers can still make the playoffs

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Dallas Cowboys Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Well, that’s it. The Houston Texans beat the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Bucs have now been almost completely eliminated from the playoffs.

They cannot win a tiebreaker against either the Green Bay Packers or the Detroit Lions, and the only hope they had was tying one of them for a wild card spot at 9-7. Now, they can only do that if the New York Giants tie Washington on the final Sunday of the year — at least, according to

And yes, there is one tiny scenario where that happens. In all, the Bucs need nine games to go their way, and that includes a tie between the New York Giants and Washington. It’s a tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny chance that could fall apart at any point — but it’s still a chance

So here’s what they need:

To tie the Packers

Cowboys beat the Lions (week 16)

Buccaneers beat the Panthers

Lions beat the Packers

To win strength of victory tiebreaker

Giants tie Washington

49ers beat Seahawks

Titans beat Texans

Colts beat Jaguars

Cowboys beat Eagles

Chiefs beat Broncos (week 16)