Will taunting take away a TD?

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate (81) spikes

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate (81) spikes the ball after making a touchdown reception during the first half of a game against the St. Louis Rams. (Oct. 28, 2013) (Credit: AP)

Interesting play from the Seahawks-Rams game, in which the game-winning score was an 80-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Golden Tate late in the third quarter. On the way to the end zone, Tate began waving a Rams safety Rodney McLeod, and drew a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The touchdown stood and gave Seattle a 14-6 lead, but the Seahawks were penalized 15 yards on the ensuing kickoff.

According to NFL director of officiating Dean Blandino, the league may examine whether to call back a touchdown if taunting occurs before the player reaches the end zone.

“A lot of people felt that the touchdown shouldn’t have counted [but] a taunting foul is always treated as a dead-ball foul, meaning whatever happened during the play counts, and the foul is enforced on the next play, which would be the kickoff,” Blandino said in an interview on NFL Network. “In college, this action would take back the touchdown. Tate started taunting at the 25-yard line. The college rule, that’s enforced at the spot of the foul, so they’d go from a touchdown to first-and-10 at the 40, which would be a gigantic penalty. The NFL rule, it’s a dead-ball foul, it’s enforced on the kickoff. But I’m sure that’s something that the Competition Committee will look at in the offseason.”

If the committee deems that it’s important enough to send a message to would-be taunters, it will make the change. At the very least, Tate was downright silly for what he did. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll let him have it on the sidelines after the play, and Tate said after the game that it won’t happen again. 

Tags: NFL , Seattle Seahawks , St. Louis Rams

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