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The 2004 St. Louis Rams season was the team’s 67th year with the National Football League and the tenth season in St. Louis.

2004 St. Louis Rams season
Head coachMike Martz
OwnerGeorgia Frontiere
Home fieldEdward Jones Dome
Results
Record8–8
Division place2nd NFC West
Playoff finishWon Wild Card Playoffs (at Seahawks) 27–20
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Falcons) 17–47

Although the Rams’ record was good enough to qualify for the postseason, they did so without posting a winning record. Statistics site Football Outsiders calculates that the 2004 Rams were, play-for-play, the worst team to make the playoffs in the site's rating history.[1] This was also the last time the Rams made the playoffs until 2017, when the franchise returned to Los Angeles; thus, this was the team’s final playoff appearance in St. Louis.

The season is memorable for the Rams drafting running back Steven Jackson with the 24th pick of the 2004 NFL Draft. During the season, the Rams relied less on Marshall Faulk, who was slowed by age and injuries, forcing Jackson to garner a bulk of the carries. He finished the season with 673 rushing yards despite seeing limited action.

The Rams, in the playoffs, defeated their rival Seattle Seahawks in the Wildcard round, but their 10th season in St. Louis ended in a 17–47 blowout to the Atlanta Falcons in the next round.

For the first time this season, the Rams completed a 2–0 regular season sweep of the rival Seahawks. They would not accomplish this again until 2015.

Contents

OffseasonEdit

DraftEdit

2004 St. Louis Rams draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 24 Steven Jackson  RB Oregon St
3 91 Tony Hargrove  DE Georgia Tech
4 130 Brandon Chillar  LB North Texas
5 158 Jason Shivers  LB Arizona St
6 201 Jeff Smoker  QB Michigan St
7 237 Erik Jensen  TE Iowa
7 238 Larry Turner  OT Eastern Kentucky
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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RosterEdit

2004 St. Louis Rams final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 12, 2004 Arizona Cardinals W 17–10 1–0
65,538
2 September 19, 2004 at Atlanta Falcons L 17–34 1–1
70,882
3 September 26, 2004 New Orleans Saints L 25–28 (OT) 1–2
65,856
4 October 3, 2004 at San Francisco 49ers W 24–14 2–2
66,696
5 October 10, 2004 at Seattle Seahawks W 33–27 (OT) 3–2
66,940
6 October 18, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 28–21 4–2
66,040
7 October 24, 2004 at Miami Dolphins L 14–31 4–3
72,945
8 Bye
9 November 7, 2004 New England Patriots L 22–40 4–4
66,107
10 November 14, 2004 Seattle Seahawks W 23–12 5–4
66,044
11 November 21, 2004 at Buffalo Bills L 17–37 5–5
72,393
12 November 29, 2004 at Green Bay Packers L 17–45 5–6
70,385
13 December 5, 2004 San Francisco 49ers W 16–6 6–6
65,793
14 December 12, 2004 at Carolina Panthers L 7–20 6–7
73,306
15 December 19, 2004 at Arizona Cardinals L 7–31 6–8
40,070
16 December 27, 2004 Philadelphia Eagles W 20–7 7–8
66,129
17 January 2, 2005 New York Jets W 32–29 (OT) 8–8
65,877

Week 1Edit

1 234Total
Cardinals 0 370 10
• Rams 0 638 17
  • Date: September 12
  • Location: Edward Jones Dome
  • Game attendance: 65,538
  • Game weather: Indoors (dome)

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StandingsEdit

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) Seattle Seahawks 9 7 0 .563 3–3 8–4 371 373 W2
(5) St. Louis Rams 8 8 0 .500 5–1 7–5 319 392 W2
Arizona Cardinals 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 284 322 W1
San Francisco 49ers 2 14 0 .125 2–4 2–10 259 452 L3

PlayoffsEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Wildcard January 8, 2005 at Seattle Seahawks W 27–20
65,397
Divisional January 15, 2005 at Atlanta Falcons L 17–47
70,709

Wild CardEdit

1 234Total
• Rams 7 7310 27
Seahawks 3 737 20
  • Date: January 8
  • Location: Qwest Field
  • Game attendance: 65,397

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Football Outsiders: Final 2010 DVOA Ratings “The [2010] Seahawks were so good in their final win ... [it] puts them ahead of the 2004 Rams...”
  2. ^ The Football Database. Retrieved 2018-Jan-27.
  3. ^ The Football Database. Retrieved 2018-Jan-27.
  4. ^ The Football Database. Retrieved 2018-Jan-27.