When Rams coach Mike Martz said he didn't want to sound arrogant, you had a pretty good idea he wasn't going to toss any verbal bouquets at the Atlanta Falcons' defense.
He didn't. Martz said the Falcons will have their hands full trying to contain his receivers when the teams meet tomorrow night in an NFC divisional playoff game.
Said Martz of his receivers: "When you put those guys in position, when they go one-on-one, you would expect that they would win on the route."
Veterans Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce had their usual big seasons, combining for 183 receptions, 2,664 yards, and 16 touchdowns. Shaun McDonald and Kevin Curtis combined for another 69 catches and five TDs.
Holt even challenged Falcons rookie cornerback DeAngelo Hall.
"I don't think he has seen anything that we would bring to the table on a consistent basis for four straight quarters," Holt said. "We will see where he is as a defensive back."
Jackson on mend
Rams running back Steven Jackson bruised his ribs in last week's win over Seattle, but expects to be ready to go, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The rookie finished his first NFL playoff game with 10 carries for 36 yards, marking the first time in three games he had fewer carries than teammate Marshall Faulk. Faulk finished with 13 carries for 55 yards, scoring the Rams' second touchdown in the team's 27-20 win over the Seahawks. Jackson said he'll be ready. "It feels a lot better. I'll be ready for [tomorrow]," he said.