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Golden Tate is the NFC special teamer of the week

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The Seahawks dug themselves a deep hole against the Buccaneers in Week Nine, but they dug their way out of it for a 27-24 overtime victory.

Punt returner Golden Tate had a lot to do with that turnaround and he’s been named the NFC special teams player of the week as a result. Down 24-14 in the third quarter, Tate broke free for a 71-yard return to set up a Seahawks field goal that drew them within one score.

In overtime, Tate had an eight-yard punt return to set the Seahawks up on their own 40-yard line for the drive that ended with Steve Hauschka’s game-winning kick. Tate is now the only player in the NFL with 300-plus yards as both a wide receiver and a punt returner this season.

Panthers kicker Graham Gano and Packers linebacker Jabari Lattimore were also nominees for the honor this week.

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18 Responses to “Golden Tate is the NFC special teamer of the week”
  1. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 6, 2013 12:26 PM

    Swollen Taint

  2. trollhammer20 says: Nov 6, 2013 12:34 PM

    That was one burly return. First, he fields it inside the five yard line, which most players are instructed not to do, but Tate has the permission of the coaching staff to take chances like that if he thinks he can do something. Then he broke 5-6 tackles, including running through a mass of bodies where it looked like he was sure to be stopped.

    Interesting stat: Since the start of last season, the three players who have made the most game-changing plays, in terms of increasing their team’s calculated percentage chances of winning the game after they made a certain play, are Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant, and Golden Tate.

  3. Go-Hawks! says: Nov 6, 2013 12:48 PM

    Love Love LOVED seeing that crazy return where Tate broke all those tackles. He really is showing his own kind of Beast Mode this season. You really have to wrap him up and be sure he is down, otherwise Golden Tate is going to keep working to get free. Also, it was great to see him show off the non-celebration. You can tell he was just standing there with an angry look on his face after the big run to show that he can celebrate without celebrating. I think that was much cooler than his normal “in your face” style of celebration.

    I think Lattimore is a very VERY close second for special teamer of the week. Also, the linemen that freed up the lane so Lattimore could block the kick deserve some mention.

  4. josephpete says: Nov 6, 2013 12:53 PM

    1 week he’s penalized for taunting and the next he’s the special olympics player of the week.

  5. chrismatthewsucks says: Nov 6, 2013 1:01 PM

    cue to GB fans to hate on the Monday Night Miracle, cue to 9er fans who golden has owned, and cue to rams fans who were “taunted” wha wha what.

    #Golden

  6. ccjcsr says: Nov 6, 2013 1:09 PM

    Dwayne Harris is better!

  7. chawk12thman says: Nov 6, 2013 1:14 PM

    Good on him…..Well Deserved.

  8. ajas95 says: Nov 6, 2013 1:14 PM

    That return was a huge Buc-breaker.

  9. osoviejo says: Nov 6, 2013 1:16 PM

    “Interesting stat: Since the start of last season, the three players who have made the most game-changing plays, in terms of increasing their team’s calculated percentage chances of winning the game after they made a certain play, are Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant, and Golden Tate.”

    trollhammer20, where did you find this stat?

  10. brutusmandingo says: Nov 6, 2013 1:17 PM

    this was terrible to Watch as a Buccaneers fan what a bizarre and frustrating season this has been smh

  11. osiris33 says: Nov 6, 2013 1:39 PM

    Tate is the most underrated big play player in the NFL. Either in the kicking game or at WR, he does something special every week.

  12. trollhammer20 says: Nov 6, 2013 1:49 PM

    osoviejo says: Nov 6, 2013 1:16 PM

    “Interesting stat: Since the start of last season, the three players who have made the most game-changing plays, in terms of increasing their team’s calculated percentage chances of winning the game after they made a certain play, are Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant, and Golden Tate.”

    trollhammer20, where did you find this stat?
    ________________________________

    I heard it on the radio, local Seattle talk. And it’s for WRs, not all players, my mistake before.

    The most notable thing about it, according to the guy talking, is that Bryant and Johnson are centerpieces of their team’s offenses, while Tate is a #2 on the team that passes the least of any in football.

    I wish I could be more specific, but he was citing one of those “Deep Stat” websites that can calculate a team’s percentage chance of winning or losing in each individual moment. The name is escaping me, and a search engine isn’t helping.

  13. judsonjr says: Nov 6, 2013 1:55 PM

    He was carrying the ball in the wrong hand at the end of the return.

  14. kenshalek says: Nov 6, 2013 1:59 PM

    Punk, perfect for a team full of punks!!

  15. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Nov 6, 2013 2:01 PM

    Does the Bucs non-existent ST tackling get an assist in this award?

  16. folkcrusader says: Nov 6, 2013 4:04 PM

    Another point of note, the Bucs punted out of bounds on every punt in regulation after that making the nets on those punts very short.

    Revis locked Tate down fairly well in the first half, but in the second half that kid was possessed. The Rams did not want him to touch the ball at all.

  17. thebirdofprey2 says: Nov 6, 2013 5:42 PM

    Golden Tate is a game changer. Last year he stepped up and caught everything thrown his way. He had 8 TD’s and was among league leaders in YPC and YAC.

    When he has the ball in his hands he looks like a elusive running back. I still think he could be more consistent but I think that has to do with Seattle’s protection issues over his catching ability.

  18. usdcoyotesfan says: Nov 7, 2013 6:20 PM

    Go push off then lie about it in a different league, Golden.

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