Give It To John Moffitt!
That was my first thought when Golden Tate lost the ball at the goal line and big John Moffitt piled on it. But unfortunately, Golden Tate did in fact cross the line, taking away what likely could’ve been Moffitt’s one-and-only career touchdown for the Seattle Seahawks.
At the snap, Tate runs a swing screen out towards the sideline and turns up field. Since we selected Tate in the second round in 2010, I’ve always hoped for him to be used in a Harvin roll—Harvin has been known for his hard running style and diversity.
Tate runs like a running back after the catch and stops on a dime.
This play exemplifies both of these things.
Doug Baldwin actually runs an endzone route and takes the corner with him for 5-7 yards before the cornerback figures it out and commits to the screen pass. Sidney Rice engages his defender and drives him back, giving Tate the space he needs.
Tate catches it about five yards behind the line of scrimmage and immediately makes a man miss at the line of scrimmage. He then stops on a dime at the six, making another cornerback miss, and the corner actually cuts off Chad Greenway’s angle in the process. At the three, he meets two more defenders.
That’s when he decides to take flight.
He jumps over the first defender and gets rocked by the second. The second defender actually knocks the ball loose, but Tate had already gotten the touchdown.
After the Monday Night Football debacle, Moffitt sent out this tweet:
I stubbed my toe and instantly became furious at @showtimetate, it’s just fashionable right now u know.
Maybe now he actually is furious for taking away his first career touchdown?