Taking Lions to wire big step forward for Rams

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Losing in the final seconds at Detroit could have been another blow to the downtrodden St. Louis Rams and their beat-down fan base.

 

It was actually a huge step forward.

 

The Rams lost for the 66th time in their last 81 games. But it has not dimmed the Rams' newfound competitive fire under first-year coach Jeff Fisher.

 

In 11 of their 14 losses last year, the Rams faced double-digit point deficits entering the fourth quarter. On Sunday, they actually had a fourth-quarter lead against a 10-win playoff team last year.

 

No doubt it's a confidence-builder heading into the home opener Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

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