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Sterling Moore has already made NFL history

The Cowboys signed the former SMU DB off the Patriots practice squad two weeks ago, a year after he made one of the biggest players of the 2012 postseason.

Rob Carr

As is so often the case when December rolls around, the Cowboys have been scrambling to fill the back end of their roster after a wave of injuries exposed their lack of depth.

One of the players they brought in is CB Sterling Moore, whose gotten on the field in each of their last two games.

No matter what Moore, a 5'10 DB who played at SMU, does with the rest of his NFL career, he'll probably always be remembered for the dramatic play he made against the Ravens in last season's AFC Championship Game.

With Baltimore down 23-20 to New England in the game's final moments, Joe Flacco marched his team down the field and put them in position to score right outside the red zone.

In the last minute, he lofted a perfect ball to WR Lee Evans in the back of the end-zone, and for a moment, it looked like Evans would come down with the ball and send Baltimore to their first Super Bowl in over a decade. Instead, Moore, in the perfect place at the perfect time, stripped the ball right out of Evans' hands as he was coming down.

The Ravens had to settle for a 32-yard field goal, which Billy Cundiff ended up missing, sending New England to their fifth Super Bowl under Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.

Of course, Moore wouldn't have been in a position to make that play if Evans hadn't gotten open in the end zone in the first place. Despite his heroics, the Patriots moved him down to the practice squad in the middle of the season before he was eventually picked up by the Cowboys.

At the very least, he's a player with a lot of big-game experience whose come up in one of the most successful organizations in the NFL. Cowboys fans will just have to hope that he can pick up another story to tell his grandkids about in his time in Dallas.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.