ST. LOUIS -- Four years ago, the St. Louis Rams sneaked into the playoffs in the final game of the season. Now they're back in the same situation, needing some help to advance.
But heading into today's finale against the New York Jets, they know it can be done. And if it can be done, after that anything's possible.
"You go into the playoffs, it's zero-zero, and what you've done in the regular season goes out the door. Everybody is live bait," Rams wide receiver Torry Holt said. "It's the same feeling now.
"If we go out and take care of our business and hopefully get some good news, we'll go from there."
The 2000 Rams won 26-21 at New Orleans on Christmas Eve to finish at 10-6. But it was such a strong year in the NFC that they weren't assured of a berth until the Bears' Paul Edinger kicked a career-best game-winning 54-yard field goal in a 3-point victory that eliminated the Lions.
That game ended a few minutes after the Rams' game, and many players were in the locker room when they got the news.
The Rams (7-8) need to beat the Jets (10-5), and they also need some help to make the playoffs for the fourth time in five years under coach Mike Martz.
"There's a lot of players in this locker room that's been in the playoffs and I think just getting to the playoffs would not be satisfactory to them," Rams wide receiver Isaac Bruce said. "Getting to the playoffs and then making a lot of noise, that would be a perfect scenario."
If the Rams can advance, players believe they can be dangerous.
"It's the playoffs, so anything can happen, anything goes," Bruce said. "Pretty much like the NCAA tournament."