One of the highlights of Monday Night Football was Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate’s touchdown, when he began taunting his opponent at the 30-yard line. Tate was waving to St. Louis Rams safety Rodney McLeod all the way to the end zone. He was flagged on the play before he ever scored or crossed into the end zone but the score still counted.
“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,” NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino said on NFL Network. “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.”
If they were to start calling back touchdowns for taunting there is a lot of gray area, like flipping into the end zone. It will also reinforce the “No Fun League” reputation.