NFL could consider negating TDs that involve taunting penalties

By Ryan Wilson |

In the future, taunting penalties may negate TDs like the one Golden Tate scored in Week 8. (USATSI)
The Seahawks managed just 14 points against the Rams Monday night, both courtesy of Golden Tate touchdown receptions. The first was a garden-variety two-yard reception. The second was an 80-yarder that began with Tate out-jumping cornerback Janoris Jenkins for the ball and ended with the wide receiver pointing and gawking his way into the end zone with safety Rodney McLeod in pursuit.

This led Monday Night Football color commentator and former NFL coach Jon Gruden to observe, "I have no idea what Golden Tate is doing there."

Tate was flagged for taunting, which was assessed on the kickoff. But in the future, such such penalties could negate touchdowns altogether.

NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino said he's "sure" the competition committee will look into instituting a rule similar to the NCAA's. In college, a player flagged for taunting on a play that results in a touchdown nullifies the score -- and it's a 15-yard penalty from the spot of the foul.

“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,” Blandion said during an appearance one NFL Network (via

“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.”

After the game Tate apologized to his teammates.

Coach Pete Carroll added: “That is not the way we want to play. That is not who we are. He is more mature than that. He is a playful, spirited guy who had too much fun at the wrong time. It was not the right thing to do and he knew it.”

And there may come a time in the near future where that playful spirited behavior takes points off the board.

* Via BuzzFeed

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