Focus on: Golden Tate

Posted Oct 31, 2013

Without Golden Tate’s two touchdown catches, the Seahawks likely don’t win Monday night’s game against the Rams. But the team’s leading receiver has generated attention for another reason.

Golden Tate isn’t sure how many interview he has done since Monday night’s game against the Rams in St. Louis. But the Seahawks’ leading receiver does know how many questions he has been asked about catching two touchdown passes in the 14-9 victory: Zero.

Instead, the focus when it comes to Tate has been on the taunting penalty he got for waving at a Rams cornerback on his way to the end zone for his second TD.

“Nope,” was Tate’s response when asked if anyone had bothered to ask about his 80- and 2-yard scoring plays.

Lying in front of his locker at Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Thursday, Tate added, “I guess that’s what entertains people is the ‘negative.’ But people also forgot that we won a divisional game, we’re now 7-1 and the two touchdowns I scored that game had a lot to do with it. But hey, it is what it is. It comes with the territory. I mean, haters make the world go ’round.”

But Tate’s impact on the Seahawks’ latest victory went far beyond a 15-yard penalty that he regrets. The Seahawks generated only 135 offensive yards in the game, and Tate had 93 of them on five receptions. The Seahawks had 14 points, and Tate scored 12 of them.

His biggest contribution, of course, was the 80-yarder in the third quarter. It came on a play where Russell Wilson rolled to his right and then threw back to Tate – his last option – on the left side.

“I thought it was going to be Cover-2 right off the bat, and I knew depending on what the safety did I had a good chance of getting the ball,” Tate said. “The safety went with the slot guy so I was like, ‘Oh yeah.’ My eyes lit up and I thought I had a great chance of getting the ball.

“Russell made a great throw to put it on me real quick. The play was made and rest is history. We got six points. We win the game.”

Then there was his 2-yard TD reception, on third-and-goal, in the second quarter.

“That was just throw-and-catch. There was nothing spectacular about that one,” Tate said. “Everyone did their job nicely and Russell made a great throw.”

And Tate made the catch, which also provided six points in the five-point victory.

Entering Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at CenturyLink Field, Tate leads the team in receptions (32) and receiving yards (439) and is tied with Sidney Rice and tight end Zach Miller with three touchdown catches.

But with Rice on injured reserve and scheduled for surgery after tearing a knee ligament against the Rams, Tate’s opportunities should only increase. And if they do, hopefully more people will want to talk to him about his contributions rather than his controversial gestures.