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St. Louis Rams answer late, shock Seattle Seahawks

St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, center,

St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, center, is congratulated by teammates Michael Brockers, right, and defensive end Eugene Sims after sacking Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson for a four-yard loss during the third quarter of a game Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in St. Louis. Photo Credit: AP / Tom Gannam

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams hardly looked like a team that was reeling against a team coming off its second straight NFC title.

Greg Zuerlein kicked a 37-yard field goal in overtime and the Rams survived an 18-point fourth-quarter rush by the Seattle Seahawks, beating the two-time defending NFC champions 34-31 in an opener Sunday.

Down 31-24 with 53 seconds left, the Rams tied the game after Seahawks defensive back Dion Bailey stumbled on Lance Kendricks' 37-yard touchdown catch. Cary Williams' strip of Nick Foles and 8-yard return had put Seattle up by a touchdown with 4:39 left.

The Seahawks opened overtime with an onside kick, as Bradley Marquez caught Steven Hauschka's popped-up attempt. After throwing a flag for an illegal fair catch, officials ruled the ball was kicked directly in the air, so Marquez was OK raise his hand.

Foles hit Steadman Bailey for a 22-yard catch for the key gain to set up Zuerlein's kick.

The Seahawks then drove to the St. Louis 42, where the Rams defense stuffed Marshawn Lynch on 4th-and-1 to end the game.

The Rams sacked Russell Wilson six times, with Aaron Donald and Robert Quinn getting two apiece.

Tavon Austin was virtually untouched on two Rams touchdowns, a 53-yard punt return and a 16-yard run.

Rookie Tyler Lockett had a 57-yard punt return TD and Jimmy Graham caught a touchdown pass in the fourth for Seattle.

The Rams announced 51,792 tickets had been distributed but the 66,000-seat capacity Edward Jones Dome looked to be a little more than half-filled.

The Seahawks overcame a Wilson interception in the first half and three sacks, scoring on special teams and holding the Rams to 91 yards for a 10-10 tie.

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