Asked about the Rams fans — the scattered tens of thousands at the Dome, and those watching at home — defensive end Robert Quinn said: “Hopefully people don’t quit on us just yet; we’ve got a lot more to prove.”

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ST. LOUIS — After talking with the big man upstairs, Father Leo Spezia talked to the big men downstairs.

Presumedly doing double duty on a Sunday, the Rams’ team chaplain emerged from the winning locker room, wearing a white collar and a wide smile.

“They made some mistakes, young team, but they bounced back and didn’t give up,” Father Leo said after speaking to the team. “And the fans were behind them today, and I think that’s really important, especially with things going on the way they are, with the possible stadium or not staying.”


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At this point, Father Leo and friends might be the only ones who can save the Rams. Sadly, I don’t think St. Louis has a prayer to keep this particular franchise. Never has there been need for a Hail Mary more in football. It all just stinks.

Yet after Sunday’s results, here’s the latest cruel twist to St. Louis — the Rams are actually, finally, good.

It would be so much easier if the Rams were just, you know, the Rams. Instead, they defeated the defending conference champs — St. Louis 34, Seattle 31, in overtime.

Rams quarterback Nick Foles reminded us that quarterback is the most important job in all of sports, and he can play that position not just competently, but potently. And the defense! A ravenous, Ravens-like defense at the Edward Jones Dome, one that allowed only 16 points, one that won the game by stuffing Marshawn Lynch on fourth down.

Asked about the Rams fans — the scattered tens of thousands at the Dome, and those watching at home — defensive end Robert Quinn said: “Hopefully people don’t quit on us just yet; we’ve got a lot more to prove.”

Psychologically, it’s already been tough enough to deal with the impeding move, and now St. Louisans have to deal with the tease that the Rams are an impending playoff team.

There are many St. Louis Rams fans, sure, but this year, for the first time, fans have had to break it down — yes, I’m a fan of St. Louis, but am I still a fan of the Rams? Do I want to pay my hard-earned money to go watch and support a franchise that’s trying to move?

But even if it’s reluctant, we still care. This is still a football town, even if it won’t be a Rams town.

But we want to watch the Rams this fall if they’re winning. We’ve invested so much into fandom that we’ve got to see this through, we’ve got to be on board if these guys are going to indeed be good.

“We’re a contender,” said the Rams’ Aaron Donald, who made the final tackle of the game. “Sky’s the limit for this team.”

Here’s what I liked:

• The poise of Foles, seldom forcing a play. He threw it out of bounds when necessary and gambled when optimally — notably upon being sacked in the fourth, when he tossed the ball over to Benny Cunningham for 7 yards.

• The resilience, when the Seahawks took a 24-13 deficit and flipped it into a 31-24 lead … in the fourth quarter, too.

• Those plays when Tavon Austin became Tavon Awesome.

• And this fact: Be it Foles, Quinn or coach Jeff Fisher, numerous Rams weren’t satisfied with “just” winning the game; on the contrary, they said there is much to improve upon, an honest and humble perspective after beating a team that played in the past two Super Bowls.

When the game ended — and what a cool way for a game to end! — Fisher jogged (possibly floated) toward the stands, hands raised, thumbs up.

It’s been a summer. It’s been a summer for everyone who cares about the St. Louis Rams. For Fisher, it’s tough enough to just be a head coach in this league, let alone with L.A. looming.

And for a day, they were winners. And they didn’t beat just any team. They beat the Seahawks. A half-hour later, I privately asked Fisher to describe that moment with the fans.

“Our fans, our fans were in it,” the coach said. “They were into it, it was great. And that’s what we said — we’re going to play good football, so come watch us, and they did. …

“It’s an emotional game. And it’s a long game. Overtime wins are special. They’re different. They’re special. It’s over, you win.”

Fisher snapped his fingers to make his point — just like that, it can be over.