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Led by Nick Foles, resilient Rams fight their way to victory

ST. LOUIS -- For the better part of the past decade, when the St. Louis Rams faced adversity in a game, they folded up their tents and called it a day.

Whether Sunday's 34-31 win against the Seattle Seahawks is a sign of a new era remains to be seen, but for one day at least, the Rams refused to go quietly into the St. Louis night.

And it was quarterback Nick Foles who set the example for the team's newfound resilience. Under pressure for most of the day -- Seattle had two sacks, six quarterback hits and many more pressures -- Foles continued to stand tall in the pocket and deliver when the Rams needed him.

Never was that more true than overtime, as Foles and the Rams took over at midfield following Seattle's failed onside kick attempt. Foles promptly delivered a 22-yard strike to receiver Stedman Bailey to drive the Rams to Seattle's 25.

That set up the game-winning 37-yard field goal from Greg Zuerlein and was just one of many examples of Foles' toughness.

Foles was hit from behind and coughed up a fumble that gave Seattle a 31-24 lead with less than five minutes to play. Foles hobbled off the field holding his right arm. He returned to lead an 84-yard drive, capped by a 37-yard strike to tight end Lance Kendricks for the game-tying touchdown.

By that point, Foles had already led two 80-yard scoring drives after the ball bounced the other way, one after Tyler Lockett's 57-yard punt return for a touchdown and another after a mishandled snap led to a turnover to open the second half.

Foles finished with 297 yards on 18-of-27 passing with a touchdown and a rushing touchdown. But beyond the numbers, Foles provided Rams fans with two more things they've been craving from the quarterback position: toughness and a season-opening win against a hated division rival.