When a deep pass over the middle by Panthers quarterback sailed toward safety Rahim Moore late in the fourth quarter Sunday, it represented a chance for Moore’s first pick of the season.
After making the catch and returning the interception 23 yards, Moore was able to breathe a sigh of relief after letting some would-be interceptions earlier in the season slip through his grasp.
“Yeah, it’s about time because I’ve dropped so many,” Moore said. “I’ve been in great position. I’ve had my hands on it a lot. I just stayed the course because that’s what I’m here for, to get the ball and make plays and I made a play yesterday. I was actually happy. I’ve made plays through the year but that was the best play to me.”
The interception was the Broncos second of the afternoon and capped a strong effort by the Denver defense, which sacked Newton seven times and even found the end zone on a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown by cornerback Tony Carter. It was the type of performance that will help the team’s confidence, but one that will be kept in perspective as the Broncos prepare for a San Diego team that put up 24 first-half points in the team’s Week 6 matchup.
“It’s where it needs to be,” Moore said of the defense’s confidence. “But you never can be overconfident. You’ve got to make sure you stay focused and always watch film and continue to enjoy a win for 24 hours and now it’s over and now we get ready for San Diego. It’s a good team we’re playing against. We’re not judging them by their record; we’re judging them by the plays they make on the field and the film.”
After limiting Carolina to just 14 points, the Broncos are allowing just 17 points per game over the past three weeks. Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio has constantly harped on his aggressive philosophy throughout the season. Moore believes the recent success has coincided with a strengthened grasp on the defensive scheme.
“Every day, every meeting, every practice, every game, we’re learning more and more,” Moore said. “(Del Rio) has a philosophy that we have to buy into and we’re buying into it. Stopping the run, making big plays and forcing turnovers. When it’s all said and done, we’re out there to make him look good along with (Head) Coach (John) Fox.”
And with Moore having finally notched his elusive first interception, he’s hopeful that more are on the way.
“Hopefully, you know what they say, when you get one they come in bunches,” Moore said. “I just let the game come to me and play football.”