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“Game Balls” in quotes, as I’m not sure I feel right handing these out…
The Seattle Seahawks may have looked a little sloppy on offense on Monday Night but their defense once again played exceptionally well en route to a narrow 14-9 win over a St. Louis team missing starting quarterback Sam Bradford.
Yes, its wasn’t pretty. Yes, it lacked the atmosphere of a Monday Night Football game. Yes, the Seahawks just about coughed up that game at the very end.
But, in the end, a win is a win and Seattle should be more than happy to be sitting at 7-1 at this point in the season with a home game against the Buccaneers being their next contest after a short week of preparation.
With a relatively poor game played out on the field, here are this week’s offensive, defensive, and special teams game balls.
Golden Tate once again showed the nation why he is one of the players on Seattle’s roster that people love to hate — with Richard Sherman being the other.
Tate’s reception was crucial…his antics weren’t. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Holding a narrow 7-6 lead over the Rams late in the third quarter, Russell Wilson launched a mid-range completion to Tate on the left side of the field.
The pass having a little air under it, Tate attacked the ball, essentially prevented what could have been an interception, avoided a tackle, and took the ball to the house for an 80-yard reception that accounted for over half of Seattle’s total yards in the game.
While I condone his taunting antics as he raced down the field, there’s no doubting Tate was crucial in Seattle’s win last night. Aside from his 80-yard reception, Tate hauled in the only other touchdown on the night and ended up with 5 catches for 93 yards and two touchdowns. Tate was easily the highest graded WR via PFF last night as well.
#Seahawks receiving stats: Tate 0.7 5/93 18.6 Avg 1 drop) Turbin 0.4 Lynch 0.3 // Baldwin -0.2 Rice -0.4 Miller -0.6 Kearse -1.6 (1 drop)
— Q Smith™ (@NWSBQ) October 29, 2013
John Gruden gushed about him all game and deservedly did so. Earl Thomas was once again a beast last night. Racking up 10 tackles — all solo — Thomas flew all over the field and prevented the Rams from establishing any kind of rhythm on offense.
His toughness and brutal hits prevented St. Louis from advancing on a few crucial drives, the last of which came as time was winding down.
With less than a minute left in the game the Rams were driving down the field and looked as though they could come away with a victory. Marching down to the 6-yard line with 31 seconds to go, Daryl Richardson took the hand-off and sprinted through an apparent gap in Seattle’s defensive line.
Looking like he would score the go-ahead touchdown and effectively give the game to St. Louis, Thomas flew out of nowhere and knocked him down at the 2-yard line, preserving Seattle’s chances in the game. That tackle highlighted what was a miraculous performance for a key piece of Seattle’s Legion of Boom on Monday Night Football.
In addition to our game ball Profootballfocus.com graded Thomas as the second best Seahawks defender last night. (Behind Irvin)
#Seahawks DEF Grades. Irvin 2.5 ET 1.6 Sherm 0.9 Kam 0.6 TMc 0.5 // KJ -0.5 Red -0.8 Benn -1.2 WT3 -1.4 CMc -1.5 CC -4.8
— Q Smith™ (@NWSBQ) October 29, 2013
I really don’t think I’ve seen Jon Ryan used as much as he was on Monday. Punting the ball nine times, Ryan racked up 403 yards last night while averaging 44.8 yards per punt.
Jon Ryan love today. 9 Punts 403 yards worth of em. 51 for a long. 3 downed 2 fair caught 7 total return yards 4 INSIDE the 20 #Seahawks
— Q Smith™ (@NWSBQ) October 29, 2013
The veteran also pinned the ball inside the 20 on four separate occasions, putting St. Louis offense in less than desirable conditions.
Like I said earlier, it wasn’t a pretty win but it was still another Seahawk victory.
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Today Dean Blandino the head of officiating was on the NFL Network and they were talking about Golden Tate and his dumb taunting penalty. Well guess what Golden, you made a non- Golden mistake. The NFL will likely consider negating touchdowns for taunting penalties, the NFL’s head of officiating Dean Blandino told the NFL Network. […]
Golden Tate had one of the highest points in his career with a tremendous game against the Rams on Monday night. His taunting penalty on the way in to the endzone on an 80 yard TD run however, will certainly not go on his highlight real. Tate admitted that he didn’t use the best judgement. “That was immature of me,” Tate said. “I hurt my team. I’ve got to stay composed...
Really Golden Tate? You’re going to taunt the Rams as you score a touchdown. Stupid move. Need NFL Tickets? Loading... ZergNet The post Golden Tate taunts the Rams on his way to scoring a touchdown (Video) appeared first on Pro Football Zone.
Golden Tate upset many people by doing a disrespectful taunt in the third quarter on Monday night after scoring on an 80-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to put the Seattle Seahawks up 14-6 on the St. Louis Rams. After catching the bomb from Wilson, Tate raised his left arm in celebration and then began […]
Seattle Seahawks WR Golden Tate doesn’t seem to mind the 15 yds for taunting. Don’t get me wrong, the catch was awesome, but could you be a little less selfish? Naaaaa. Enjoy the GIF, sorry St. Louis Rams fans.
H/T @BuzzfeedSports for the GIF
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In Monday Night’s snoozer division match up between the ST. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks, Seahawks wideout Golden Tate made an incredible grab and run for an 80-yard touchdown. Tate made sure that he waved “bye-bye” to the Rams secondary on his way to the endzone:
Here are a couple more angles:
Of course head coach...
With his team ahead 7-3, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate make an amazing catch and then broke towards the end zone. With a clear path in front of him, Tate chose to taunt St. Louis Rams corner back Janoris Jenkins. Tate started taunting Jenkins at the 25-yard line as he ran into the end zone. Maybe Tate heard what Jenkins did to Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith last...
After his second receiving touchdown on the night, Seattle Seahawks’ Golden Tate gave fans one of the funniest /stupidest taunting penalties in the history of the NFL during the Monday Night Football game with the St. Louis Rams.
Golden Tate’s actions have NFL in talks over issues of taunting.
The NFL may look into negating touchdowns that involve taunting penalties.
This recent consideration came just as Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate was seen pointing and waving at safety Rodney McLead who was trying to stop him as he made his way to the end zone making an 80-yard touchdown. A flag was...
Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate was hit with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty during an 80-yard touchdown catch on Monday night after waving at Rams safety Rodney McLeod for the last 25 yards of his score. The penalty was assessed on the ensuing kickoff, but next season it could mean bringing the touchdown back.
NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino said that he thinks...
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Some Things to Love and Hate
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Ugliness at its best
The cliché is, “good teams find team finds ways to win close games,” but unfortunately I think the Rams lost this game more than the Seahawks won it.
Who in their right mind would want to challenge the best secondary in the NFL on the game winning play?
It’s a good thing we have the winless Buccaneers next week, we can use this game as a starting point...