No Moore thoughts of title game

September, 21, 2012
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- One of the lasting images from the 2012 AFC Championship Game is Patriots cornerback Sterling Moore dislodging the football from the arms of former Ravens wide receiver Lee Evans, who had corralled a Joe Flacco pass that would have vaulted Baltimore ahead of New England on the game's final drive.

That play made Moore a popular figure in New England, but the second-year cornerback says he quickly moved on from the play.

"Not much, I kind of moved on from it," he said when asked how often he replays the moment in his mind. "I probably took a couple days after the game, but once the offseason came it was kind of on to the next season."

Despite his own insistence to move on from the play, Moore says others - friends and family alike - still brought the play up.

"Quite a bit in the offseason, but I just tried to shrug it off and not draw attention to it," he said.

During the offseason, and once again this week, the play was a popular image on television networks, making it almost impossible to avoid. Despite the fact that the play is considered a career highlight for Moore to date, he says he's actually turned to changing the channel when the replay comes on.

"I've seen it quite a bit, but most times I try to change the channel every time it comes on," Moore said.

Why?

"It kind of reminds me how close I was to losing the game," he told reporters on Friday.

Moore is expected to play in a nickel role this Sunday, a task he assumed in Week 2 after playing a limited role in the team's season opener. At this time last season, Moore was a member of the Raiders practice squad, who eventually released him before he joined the Patriots.

With a full offseason and training camp under his belt, Moore says he now feels far more comfortable on the field with the Patriots.

"A lot more comfortable," he said. "It's night and day for me, cause I came in, didn't know the techniques they wanted me to play, didn't really know the defensive schemes, I was just kind of thrown out there. This year I know who I'm out there with, I know where they're going to be, and I know the scheme. It helps slow the game down for me."
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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