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.
The Rams, in the playoffs, defeated their rival Seattle Seahawks in the Wildcard round, but their 10th season in St. Louis ended in a 47-17 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.