Entering Week 17, the Packers and Giants are still alive in the NFL playoff picture. But now both teams must win to stay in the running to play in the 2011 Super Bowl.
The Buccaneers' 23-13 win over the Saints means that both Green Bay and New York must win to clinch the NFC's No. 6 seed, and keeps the Bucs alive in the NFC playoff picture.
Only one scenario gets the young Bucs — who are the only team to start 10 rookies and have a winnning season in NFL history — into the playoffs. Both the Packers and Giants must lose, which would make the Bucs, at 10-6, the NFC's second wild card team.
If the Bucs finish tied at 10-6 with either the Packers or the Giants, they will lose a tiebreaker to that team and be left out of the playoffs.
The NFC's sixth seed is locked into a game in Philadelphia against Michael Vick and the third-seeded Eagles. Now, the Bucs will watch the Packers and Giants to see if they will be the squad headed to the City of Brothery Love.