Undermanned NY Giants no match for Cleveland Browns as playoff hopes slip in 20-6 loss

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It all comes down to Sunday

The Giants’ margin for error in the NFC Playoff race isn’t just gone, they now need significant help just to have a chance to sneak in.

Fortunately for the Giants, the Seattle Seahawks escaped Washington with a 20-15 victory over the Football Team on Sunday.

However, the Giants now trail Washington by one game with two games remaining, meaning that if Washington beats the Carolina Panthers at home next Sunday and the Giants fail to upset the Baltimore Ravens, New York will be eliminated from playoff contention.

The Ravens made quick work of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, 40-14 and equally desperately need a win over the Giants to keep pace in the AFC Wild Card race.

By virtue of owning the tiebreaker over Washington after sweeping the regular season series, the Giants can still win the division with the combination of one win and a pair of losses by the Football Team. But, after losing two straight and a matchup against one of the more prolific offenses in the league looming, the Giants’ chances of ending a three-year playoff drought and making the postseason for just the second time in nine seasons took a significant hit after falling to the Browns.

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Matt Lombardo is the site expert for GMenHQ, and writes Between The Hash Marks each Wednesday for FanSided. Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattLombardoNFL.