CHARLOTTE — The trip down South for Sunday’s game allowed Indianapolis Colts cornerback Kenny Moore II to play in front of his family, which may now turn into an every game event after a career-defining performance that had every Moore in attendance at Bank of America Stadium jumping for joy.
Moore returned two interceptions for touchdowns, leading the Colts to a 27-13 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Jonathan Taylor caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Gardner Minshew for Indianapolis, who snapped a three-game losing streak while improving to 3-1 on the road this season.
Moore, who played his college ball at Valdosta State in Georgia, already has some accomplishments that he’s achieved in the league, most notably making the Pro Bowl after the 2021 season. Moore might have done that one better — actually, two better — on Sunday, when he first stepped in front of a Bryce Young pass late in the second quarter and returned it 49 yards for a touchdown to give Indianapolis a 20-3 lead.
Coming off the field after his score, Moore gestured towards his four sisters in the stands who made it to the game. Moore has six older sisters in his family overall.
“It’s awesome,” Moore said postgame about having his family at the game. “They’re going to say in the group chat that they should go to every game.”
Just over a minute in to the fourth, Moore recorded his second pick-6 of the afternoon, scoring from 66 yards out as the Colts snuffed out the Panthers’ last realistic rally to make the game closer. Moore became the first player in Colts history with two pick-6s in a game, and the first to do so league-wide since Tampa Bay’s Mike Edwards, who did it against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2 of the 2021 season.
“The way he practices and the way he works by watching tape and doing it the right way,” Colts first-year head coach Shane Steichen said. “When you watch tape, you’re going to make plays. And that’s what he did for us. Fourteen points by him is phenomenal.”