In a game highlighted by two risky play calls by his team's coaching staff, it was Davis' steady hand that had as much as anything to do with the St. Louis Rams' 28-26 victory over the reigning Super Bowl champion Sunday in St. Louis.
Davis completed 18 of 21 passes against Seattle for 152 yards. Modest numbers, and dry in comparison to fake punts and fake punt returns. Nevertheless, his play certainly won over at least one admirer.
"Austin can definitely play at this level," Brett Favre, the only Southern Miss quarterback other than Davis to start more than one NFL game, told ESPN's Ed Werder.
"Austin, like those mentioned, just needed a legit opportunity."
At 86 percent, Davis' completion percentage against the Seahawks set a record for accuracy in a game against a defending Super Bowl champion (minimum 20 passes). He also produced the second-highest completion percentage ever posted against the Seahawks. The highest, incidentally, was by Favre, who went 22 of 25 (88 percent) for the Vikings against Seattle in 2009.
Davis, however, was at his best late in the game.
In the first three quarters, he completed 13 of 14 passes for 77 yards, an average of just 5.9 yards per completion. But after Seattle pulled within two points at 21-19, Davis suddenly needed to come up big.
He hadn't been able to in the past three weeks after leading a late victory drive in his first start against Tampa Bay. But he found a way Sunday to lead an 80-yard drive to give the Rams the winning points.
"You can't ask for more out of a guy who went from third string to now starting quarterback and playing great ball," defensive end Robert Quinn said Sunday. "We've got to be consistent week in and week out and prepare for teams and finish games."
Information from ESPN Rams reporter Nick Wagoner and ESPN Stats & Information is included in this report.