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Matt Moore
No. 3     Carolina Panthers
Personal information
Date of birth: August 9, 1984 (1984-08-09) (age 25)
Place of birth: Van Nuys, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
College: Oregon State
Undrafted in 2007
Debuted in 2007 for the Carolina Panthers
Career history
 As player:
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month (12/07)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
TD-INT     11-7
Passing yards     1,783
QB Rating     84.5
Stats at

Matthew Erickson Moore (born August 9, 1984 in Van Nuys, California) is the starting quarterback for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. He was originally signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He played college football at Oregon State.

His 271.1 yards passing per game was second in the Pac-10, trailing only USC’s Matt Leinart (293.5). Making yet another record-breaking debut, he threw for 367 yards in the season opener against Portland State, the most ever by a Beaver quarterback in his first start. Threw for a career-high 436 yards against Arizona, had 317 yards at Louisville, and 311 against Arizona State. Hit Mike Hass on a 63-yard touchdown strike against Washington State that gave OSU the lead 37-33 after the team trailed 30-13 late in the second quarter. Also had two 58-yard passes—one to Anthony Wheat-Brown in the team’s upset of No. 18 California in Berkeley and the other one week later (again to Hass) in his return to the Rose Bowl.


Professional career


Dallas Cowboys

Moore was not selected in the 2007 NFL Draft, but was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Cowboys. Despite completing 21 of 29 passes for 182 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions to generate a 100.1 quarterback rating during the preseason for the Cowboys, Moore was waived on September 1, the Cowboys intending to sign him to their practice squad had he passed through waivers. He was claimed off waivers by the Carolina Panthers the following day.[1]

Carolina Panthers


Moore saw his first regular season action October 7, 2007 against the New Orleans Saints in the 5th game of the season. Quarterback David Carr (who was playing in place of injured starter Jake Delhomme) left the game with a back injury after being sacked near the end of the first quarter. His first NFL completion was a 43-yard pass to Keary Colbert, but his playing time was brief as Carr returned to the field near the end of the first half.

After a string of ineffective performances from Carr and Vinny Testaverde, Moore started his first NFL game on December 16, 2007 against the Seattle Seahawks. He led the Panthers to victory against the Seahawks while completing 19 of 27 passes for 208 yards without a turnover. After a tough 23-10 loss against Dallas the following week, where he had a touchdown and an interception all the while completing 15 of 28 passes for 182 yards, he went 15 of 24 for 174 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in a 31-23 road win against Tampa Bay. Moore was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for December after these performances.


With Jake Delhomme starting all 16 games for the 2008 season, Moore saw little action and didn't throw a pass.


Moore saw his first action of the 2009 Season when backup quarterback Josh McCown was injured during the Panthers Week 1 loss to the Eagles. Moore finished with 6 of 11 passes for 63 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Moore also briefly played against Arizona, attempting 1 pass, which was an incompletion.

After starter Jake Delhomme broke his finger in a week 12 loss to the New York Jets, Moore started against Tampa Bay on December 6, 2009, in a Week 13 division matchup. He completed 14 of 20 passes for 161 yards and an interception, en route to a 16-6 Panthers victory. The following week he completed 15 of 30 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown in a 20-10 loss to the New England Patriots.

On December 20, Moore had the best game of his career in his sixth start when he lead the Panthers to a 26-7 upset victory over the Minnesota Vikings. In the victory, he completed 21 of 33 passes for 299 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions, and improved to a career 4-2 as a starter.[2] He drew praise from head coach John Fox and top receiver Steve Smith, who caught 9 passes from Moore for 157 yards and a score.

On December 27, Moore completed 15 passes on 20 attempts for 171 yards, and for the second week in a row, three touchdowns and no interceptions, as Carolina beat the New York Giants 41-9.[3] Moore had a career-high 139.8 passer rating.[4] The victory came during the final game to be played in Giants Stadium and essentially eliminated the Giants from the playoffs. The Giants' home loss was their worst since 1998. Moore again drew praise from analysts, including Tony Dungy who said that Moore "looked liked a pro-bowler".[5]

Moore started the last game of the Panther's season on January 3, 2010, as the Panthers beat the New Orleans Saints 23-10. The Saints, who were the No. 1 seed in the NFC, were handed their third loss of the season as they rested most of their starters.[6] The game was the coldest home game in team history for the Panthers. Moore completed 14 passes on 23 attempts for 162 yards and a touchdown.[7] The win improved the Panthers to .500 with an 8-8 record (4-1 while starting Moore).

In his five games as a starter for the 2009 season, Moore threw eight touchdown passes with one interception. Moore finished the season with 8 touchdown passes and 2 interceptions. The strong finish by Moore and the Panthers, combined with earlier poor play by Jake Delhomme, led to speculation that Moore would challenge, if not replace, Jake Delhomme as the starting quarterback position for the 2010 season despite Delhomme's large contract. This will likely be the case now due to the decision to cut Delhomme on March 4, 2010.[8]

Career Statistics

Year Team Games Starts Wins Passing Rushing QB Rating
Comp Att Pct Yds YPA TD Int Att Yds Avg TD
2007 CAR 9 3 2 63 111 56.8 730 6.6 3 5 3 5 1.7 0 67.0
2008 CAR 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 0.0
2009 CAR 7 5 4 85 138 61.6 1,053 7.6 8 2 12 −3 −0.3 0 98.5
Career 16 8 6 148 249 59.4 1,783 7.2 11 7 15 2 0.1 0 84.5


  1. ^ Buker, Paul (April 30, 2007). "Giants pick Koets; tight end, Moore sign deals". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2007-04-30. 
  2. ^ Fentress, Aaron (December 20, 2009). "Matt Moore and Jonathan Stewart lead Carolina to 26-7 upset victory over Minnesota". (The Oregonian). Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  3. ^ Fentress, Aaron (December 27, 2009). "Jonathan Stewart and Matt Moore help Carolina humiliate the New York Giants, 41-9". (The Oregonian). Retrieved 2009-12-27. 
  4. ^ "Panthers wallop New York in final game at Giants Stadium". NFL Game Center: Carolina Panthers at New York Giants - 2009 Week 16 ( (The Associated Press). December 27, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-27. 
  5. ^ "Football Night in America". Football Night in America. 2009-12-27.
  6. ^ Triplett, Mike (January 3, 2010). "New Orleans Saints 'comfortable' with position after third loss". The Times-Picayune ( Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  7. ^ "Panthers hand Saints their third consecutive loss". NFL Game Center: Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints - 2009 Week 16 ( (The Associated Press). January 3, 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  8. ^ "Panthers surge saves coach's job". The Associated Press ( December 31, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jake Delhomme
Carolina Panthers Starting Quarterbacks
2007 (w/Vinny Testaverde
Succeeded by



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