Ex-Seahawk Golden Tate a marked man in Lions-Cowboys game

Jan 2, 2015, 1:39 PM | Updated: 1:55 pm
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Remember that crushing hit that Golden Tate laid on linebacker Sean Lee during Seattle’s victory over Dallas two years ago?

The Cowboys remember it quite well and not all that fondly, and one of them, safety Barry Church, has vowed to exact some measure of revenge on Tate – the former Seahawk and current Lions wide receiver – when Dallas hosts Detroit Sunday in the wild-card game.

“We’re looking forward to seeing him,” Church told 105.3 The Fan in Dallas earlier this week. “We’ll definitely get him back after that, but it will be within the rules, within the rules.”

The Dallas-Detroit game already carries a significant level of interest locally as Seattle would host the Lions in the divisional round should they win. The drama involving Tate adds to it to the intrigue.

The play in question came in Week 2 of the 2012 season when Tate peeled back to deliver a blind-side block on Lee, who was pursuing a scrambling Russell Wilson. Lee remained on the ground after the collision while Tate celebrated. Tate wasn’t penalized on the play but received a $21,000 fine.

The league’s website has
a video of the play in case you need a refresher.

“That was the dirtiest shot I’ve ever seen,” Church said.

On Thursday, Tate responded by saying he had never heard of Church until his vow for payback.

“Man, I don’t know this guy,” Tate said. “I just now heard of him yesterday from this incident. He’s trying to get on the scene, I guess. We’ll see.”

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