2004 St. Louis Rams season
|2004 St. Louis Rams season|
|Head coach||Mike Martz|
|Home field||Edward Jones Dome|
|Division place||2nd NFC West|
Won Wild Card Playoffs (at Seahawks) 27–20|
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Falcons) 17–47
Although the Rams's 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. As of 2016, this is the most recent time the Rams have qualified for the playoffs.
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.
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.
|1||September 12, 2004||Arizona Cardinals||W 17–10||1–0|| |
|2||September 19, 2004||at Atlanta Falcons||L 17–34||1–1|| |
|3||September 26, 2004||New Orleans Saints||L 25–28 (OT)||1–2|| |
|4||October 3, 2004||at San Francisco 49ers||W 24–14||2–2|| |
|5||October 10, 2004||at Seattle Seahawks||W 33–27 (OT)||3–2|| |
|6||October 18, 2004||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 28–21||4–2|| |
|7||October 24, 2004||at Miami Dolphins||L 14–31||4–3|| |
|9||November 7, 2004||New England Patriots||L 22–40||4–4|| |
|10||November 14, 2004||Seattle Seahawks||W 23–12||5–4|| |
|11||November 21, 2004||at Buffalo Bills||L 17–37||5–5|| |
|12||November 29, 2004||at Green Bay Packers||L 17–45||5–6|| |
|13||December 5, 2004||San Francisco 49ers||W 16–6||6–6|| |
|14||December 12, 2004||at Carolina Panthers||L 7–20||6–7|| |
|15||December 19, 2004||at Arizona Cardinals||L 7–31||6–8|| |
|16||December 27, 2004||Philadelphia Eagles||W 20–7||7–8|| |
|17||January 2, 2005||New York Jets||W 32–29 (OT)||8–8|| |
|(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|
|San Francisco 49ers||2||14||0||.125||2–4||2–10||259||322||L3|
|Wildcard||January 8, 2005||at Seattle Seahawks||W 27–20|| |
|Divisional||January 15, 2005||at Atlanta Falcons||L 17–47|| |
- Football Outsiders: Final 2010 DVOA Ratings "The  Seahawks were so good in their final win ... [it] puts them ahead of the 2004 Rams..."