Golden Tate named NFC special teams player of the week

Golden Tate named NFC special teams player of the week

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SEATTLE, WA. - NOVEMBER 03: Wide receiver Golden Tate #81 of the Seattle Seahawks is brought down by middle linebacker Mason Foster #59 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the fourth quarter of the game at CenturyLink Field on November 3, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. Seattle won the game 27-24. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on November 6, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 6 at 4:29 PM

Seahawks' wide receiver Golden Tate has been named NFC special teams player of the week by the NFL for his performance in Seattle's 27-24 overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday. Tate returned 3 punts for a total of 92 yards.

With the Seahawks trailing the winless Buccaneers 24-14 late in the third quarter, Tate had one of the most critical plays of the game, returning a Michael Koenen punt 71 yards to set up Seattle on the Tampa Bay 25. The drive would ultimately end with a Steven Hauschka field goal.

An 8-yard punt return by Tate in overtime put the Seahawks on their own 40 to begin what would eventually be the game-winning drive. Seattle drove 52 yards on 9 plays and Hauschka's 27-yard field goal completed the largest comeback in franchise history.

Tate also caught 3 passes for 29 yards, and is now the only player in the NFL with at least 300 yards both receiving and through punt returns this season.

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