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Sterling Moore on AFC title game: ‘It reminds me how close I was to losing the game’

09.21.12 at 8:35 pm ET
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FOXBORO — It remains one of the best highlights for all Patriots fans who watched the end of the AFC Championship last January at Gillette Stadium. Sterling Moore swipes the ball out of the hands of Lee Evans in the end zone, a catch that if it had been made, would’ve more than likely given the Ravens a come-from-behind win over the Patriots and a ticket to Super Bowl XLVI.

Moments later, Billy Cundiff pulled a 32-yard chip shot wide left and the Patriots had a 23-20 win and date with the Giants in Indianapolis.

The assumption would be that Moore watched the play over and over in the offseason. Not so much.

“Not much, I kind of moved on from it,” Moore said Friday. “I probably took a couple days after the game, but once the offseason came it was kind of on to the next season.”

Friends and family brought up the play but he never did.

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

There are times where he can’t avoid, like when he’s watching the NFL Network.

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

The reason?

“It kind of reminds me how close I was to losing the game,” he answered without hesitation. “That one and then of course the one against the Giants in the Super Bowl, those two plays I don’t really like to watch.”

The one Moore refers to in the Super Bowl, of course, was the fourth-quarter catch on the sidelines by Mario Manningham on the first play of New York’s game-winning drive. The ball thrown perfectly by Eli Manning fell right into Manningham’s arms between Moore and Patrick Chung.

With Moore moving on, he’s fitting in more and more into the Patriots sub packages. He played early and often on Sunday against the Cardinals.

“A lot more comfortable,” Moore added. “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.”

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