Game 162 will hold significant meaning for the Texas Rangers for a second consecutive year — even more than it did in 2012.

The Rangers had already clinched a playoff spot then. But on Sunday they will be playing for the chance either to win a wild-card spot outright or to fight their way into a tiebreaker scenario to be one of the two AL wild-card teams.

They control their destiny and they’ve gotten back to that point by taking care of their own business and finally receiving help the past two days.

All the help the Rangers need Sunday in the season finale is to help themselves.

The Rangers won their sixth consecutive game Saturday beating the Los Angeles Angels 7-4 and they climbed into a tie with Tampa Bay for the second wild-card spot with one game remaining.

“We need to come in and win a game tomorrow” closer Joe Nathan said. “If we can we know more baseball is ahead of us that’s for sure.”

The possibility for a three-way tiebreaker exists should Cleveland the wild-card front-runner by one game lose Sunday at Minnesota and the Rangers and Rays win. The Rangers could also win a spot outright should they and the Indians win and Tampa Bay lose meaning they would play at Cleveland on Wednesday in the wild-card game.

The Rangers would host the Rays in a Monday tiebreaker if those two teams finish tied for the second wild-card spot.

A team meeting was held after the game Saturday to discuss all the scenarios. Making the playoffs seemed remote a week ago and at other times on the season-ending homestand but it’s now a very real possibility.

“It’s been real the whole time” right fielder Alex Rios said. “We knew what we had to do and we’ve done a good job accepting the things that are coming toward us. [Sunday] is the last game of the season. Hopefully we can put together a game like the one we put together today.”

Rios continued to be a driving force in the Rangers’ lineup and had a hand in three of their runs. A.J. Pierzynski and Craig Gentry drove in runs in a two-run fifth inning to create some breathing room.