Sunday’s divisional game between the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers came right down to the wire, but a defensive play (a forced fumble) ended and sealed the win for the Niners.
But the player who caused the fumble wasn’t even on an NFL roster until a few days earlier, as he spent the last prior Sundays at home with his wife, Tiara, and 6-month-old son, Sekani.
Damontre Moore, who reportedly was cut by the 49ers multiple times earlier this season and played just 23 snaps in the win, made the key forced fumble in the winding seconds.
Moore was signed by San Francisco back in the middle of the week after Ronald Blair went down die to a torn ACL.
One video later captured the defensive lineman getting emotional and down on his knees praying on the sidelines afterwards.
What a special moment for Damontre Moore with his game wining forced fumble after not being on an NFL roster last week 👏 pic.twitter.com/QMQ4Q81wRs— TheSFNiners (@TheSFNiners) November 18, 2019
The former Alliance of American Football (AAF) player told NBC Sports Bay Area in a story that he owes a lot to the 49ers and thanked them for sticking with him and giving him the chance he was seeking.
“Honestly, I feel like I had to make that play because just as good of a game it was, I also had a lot of mistakes,” Moore said. “I feel like I owed it to this team. They took a risk in bringing me in, and trusting me.”
From where I see it, this is a perfect example of being the ‘next man up.’ Great story right here.