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VIDEO: Remembering Nate Solder's 16-Yard Touchdown Catch in the AFC Championship Game

Max Staley
Video of Nate Solder's touchdown in the AFC Championship Game.
Video of Nate Solder's touchdown in the AFC Championship Game. /
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There are few plays more universally beloved than a big man touchdown. On the rare occasion that they do happen, though, it's usually within the 2-yard line. And that's what makes Nate Solder's 16-yard scamper in the 2014 AFC Championship Game such a memorable play.

The New England Patriots absolutely dominated the Indianapolis Colts in the 2014 AFC Championship. While that game would eventually become the matchup that started "Deflategate," fans shouldn't let that overshadow Solder's score.

With LeGarrette Blount tearing up the Colts on the ground, to the tune of 148 yards and 3 scores, New England ran a play action screen to Solder. Showing flashes of his high school experience at the tight end position and moving with the quickness of a much-smaller man, the 6-foot-8, 320-pound Solder caught the pass took it all the way to the house, extending the Patriots' lead to 24-7.

He's then mobbed by New England's entire offensive line, and honorary O-Lineman Rob Gronkowski. The Patriots would go on to win, 45-7, but Solder's score will forever remain an iconic big man touchdown.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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