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    By Bill Coats
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    Monday, Jan. 03 2005

    A weary but content Jimmy Kennedy sat slumped in his corner of the Rams locker
    room Sunday, pondering the past and relishing the future.

    "It's definitely been a strange season," said Kennedy, a first-team defensive
    tackle. "To go through what we went through and to finish out as a playoff
    team, that's a blessing. Just imagine if we'd go out there and win the Super
    Bowl, a team that finishes 8-8, goes in as a wild card and wins it."

    The Rams are about as improbable a Super Bowl contender as possible. They were
    outscored by 73 points; were blasted by Miami (31-14) and Arizona (31-7), who
    combined for 10 wins; finished a distant last in the 32-team league in turnover
    margin (minus 24); were near the bottom of the statistics standings in most
    special-teams categories; struggled mightily on defense for most of the season

    And yet here they are, on the heels of back-to-back wins over Philadelphia and
    the New York Jets, headed to Seattle to square off Saturday afternoon against
    the NFC West-champion Seahawks (9-7). Strange, indeed.

    "Record doesn't matter at this point, when you get in," coach Mike Martz said.
    "It's just who's playing well now, not how you were playing in September or
    November or whether you're 15-1. It's how you're playing right now ... right
    now. That's what's important."

    The Rams actually have a few factors in their favor as they head into their
    fourth playoff foray in Martz's five seasons as head coach:

    They swept the two-game regular-season series with the
    Seahawks, rallying for a 33-27 overtime victory at Seattle on Oct. 10, then
    cruising to a 23-12 victory Nov. 14 at the Edward Jones Dome.

    They have a 3-2 record against the other NFC playoff
    teams and a 4-3 mark against the postseason field overall.

    They're playing considerably better defense over the past five
    weeks, and by knocking off two teams with double-digit victory
    totals to complete the schedule, have added confidence and built momentum.

    "I think that we were a little bit unsure of ourselves for a while,
    particularly with a new defense and trying to do some different things
    offensively," Martz said. "At this point, we're kind of where I'd hoped that we
    would be by midseason. There were a lot of factors ... all the things that
    happened throughout the season have kind of settled down to an extent.

    "I think this team is beginning to mature. I think they've attained a great
    deal of confidence, and I'm excited about what lays ahead."

    Injury update

    Of the several bumps and bruises suffered by Rams players Sunday in the 32-29
    overtime win against the Jets, the most serious injury appeared to be guard Tom
    Nutten's sprained left knee. Nutten was limping Monday, but he was more
    optimistic than he was Sunday evening.

    "I think half the pile came down on the outside of my knee, and right away I
    knew that was it for the day," said Nutten, who went down late in the third
    quarter. "I woke up (Monday) morning, and considering how it felt yesterday, it
    was feeling pretty good."

    Nutten, who was scheduled for an MRI later Monday, added, "Hopefully by
    Wednesday or Thursday, it's bearable, where I can get some stuff done. Who
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    Re: Numbers don't look good, but ...

    I'm telling you...on any given Sunday (or Saturday) we can beat anybody. We have a shot at this thing!

    Go Rams!!!


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