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Jackson hits milestones, longs for playoffs

If he never plays another down, Steven Jackson is in select company.Last week, the St. Louis Rams' running back became the 11th player in NFL history with six consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons. It's a mark of durability that he's justifiably proud of.Marshall Faulk, the Rams' starter in 2004 when Jackson was a rookie, had five straight 1,000-yard seasons. Among others in the 16-game season era who fell one season short of matching Jackson's feat are Eddie George, Tiki Barber, Edgerrin James and Ahman Green.What's missing on the resume is meaningful games.The last time the Rams (6-7) made it to the playoffs was Jackson's rookie season in 2004. They're in first place in the NFC West with three games to go, and he can almost taste it.St. Louis can take a big step on Sunday at home against the AFC West-leading Kansas City Chiefs. Jackson hopes to lead the way."It means a lot," Jackson said Thursday. "That's when you see guys kind of start to define themselves in their career, what peo...

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