Golden Tate stole the spotlight on "Monday Night Football" once again.
After connecting with quarterback Russell Wilson for an 80-yard touchdown, the Seattle Seahawks' wide receiver caught flak for his brazen taunting of Rams defensive backs Rodney McLeod and Janoris Jenkins. Tate initially leaped over Jenkins to catch the deep pass from Wilson. He then waved at both defenders as he made his way to end zone. With an official nearby for the final stretch of the touchdown, a flag was thrown for taunting and the Seahawks were penalized 15 yards on the ensuing kickoff.
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More than a year after making the controversial TD catch against Green Bay dubbed the "Fail Mary," Tate's pair of touchdowns proved to be the difference as Seattle went on to hold off St. Louis and win 14-9. Not surprisingly, Tate's taunting sparked some criticism among NFL media on Twitter.
Great play by Golden Tate. Dumb play by Golden Tate.
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) October 29, 2013
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) October 29, 2013
Please someone punch Golden Tate in the face for that
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 29, 2013
Tate getting his Puig on, and not in a good way.
— SI_DougFarrar (@SI_DougFarrar) October 29, 2013
Simultaneous idiocy by Golden Tate.
— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) October 29, 2013
Wonder what Steve Largent would say about that. "Be a pro" comes to mind.
— Mike Sando, ESPN.com (@SandoESPN) October 29, 2013
UPDATED: Tate apologized for taunting to NFL Network's Michelle Beisner after the game, via Eric Edholm of Shutdown Corner.
"That was immature of me. Hurt my team. I've gotta stay composed," he said. "Act like I've been there before. I gotta apologize to our special teams. I put them in an awkward situation, but more happy to get up and learn from it and move forward."