Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/12/12
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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