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Nate Solder on His TD Reception: ‘I Said It’s a Great Call ‘Cause It’s Gonna Work’

FOXBOROUGH — Another postseason game. Another razzle-dazzle play by the Patriots.

This time it was offensive tackle Nate Solder on the receiving end of a touchdown.

Solder, who entered college at Colorado as a tight end, scored his first NFL touchdown on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady in the third quarter. He is the first offensive lineman to score a touchdown for the Patriots since Logan Mankins recovered a fumble in the end zone in Indianapolis in the 2006 AFC Championship game in 2007.

Solder was asked what he was thinking when he heard the play called.

“When I heard it called, I said ‘It’s a great call, ’cause it’s gonna work,” Solder said laughing. “I thought, catch the ball and hold onto it. Don’t fumble it. Those were my two thoughts… I had blinders on at that moment. I was just going straight ahead. I blacked out. I don’t remember half the play.”

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Solder is the first offensive lineman to score a receiving touchdown since Tom Ashworth caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady vs. Tampa Bay on Dec. 17, 2005.

“It was amazing,” he said. “To be a part of a game like that and have a cool play like that was really fun… That had nothing to do with me. That was all the offensive coordinator. He called that and it was a great play. I loved that.”

Solder was asked if he knew he would be called on to catch a pass in Sunday’s game.

“There’s no way to know that that was coming,” he said. “When the time came, I did my best as anyone would’ve… We’ve been practicing that for years. I did it in college and now here it is.”

Solder is the third offensive lineman in Patriots history to catch a touchdown pass, joining Tom Ashworth (2005) and Pete Brock (1976). He is the sixth Patriots offensive lineman to score a touchdown, joining Mankins, Ashworth, Brock, Freddie Childress, and John Hannah.

Solder was asked to grade his touchdown route.

“[Laughs] Just proficient,” he said. “I made it across the goal line.”

The big tackle/tight end spoke about winning the AFC Championship and advancing.

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“It’s a dream come true to play a game like that, to win a game and move on to the Super Bowl,” Solder said. “We’re all excited.”

Solder and fullback James Develin each caught touchdown passes from Brady Sunday tonight. For each player, it was their first career NFL touchdown reception (regular season or playoffs).

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