Pats benefit from former Oakland prospect

There was an AFC West connection to one of the biggest plays of championship Sunday.

Sterling Moore’s short NFL career started in Oakland.

Moore put himself in the NFL spotlight Sunday when he knocked the ball out of the hands of Baltimore’s Lee Evans in the end zone in the final moments of a New England win. Had Moore, who was beaten on the play, not made the second effort, the Ravens very likely would be playing in the Super Bowl.

Yet, it will be Moore and the Patriots who will face the New York Giants on Sunday.

It will be a wild end to a strange six months for Moore. The SMU product signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent. Moore was a training camp star for the Raiders, who were and who still are in need of cornerback help. Yet, Moore ended up on Oakland’s practice squad only to be released from the eight-man squad in September.

New England signed Moore to the practice squad in October and he made his NFL debut in November and has seen a lot of action at both safety and cornerback.

It would be easy to say the Raiders made a mistake with Moore, but he won’t be the last NFL player to find success after being cut. Still, if Oakland had a chance to revisit the Moore decision perhaps it would have kept him.