Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner entered the Arizona game Thursday night with a bit of a chip on his shoulder. He was briefly pulled in the first half of the Tennessee game last weekend after giving up big plays early.
"That was on my mind all this week," Browner said after the 34-22 victory Thursday night over the Arizona Cardinals. "I had a rough start [against Tennessee] and I really wanted to come back and play my style of football."
That he did, coming up with a key interception in the third quarter that would have been a 50-yard pick six if not for stumbling just before he reached the end zone.
"You never want to fall, especially on the 1-yard-line," Browner said. "I could have at least stuck the ball out [over the goal line] or something."
He took some good natured rubbing from his teammates, but the real story was how well he played after struggling a little four days earlier.
"Brandon had a terrific game," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "He was all over the football. He challenged everything. I was so glad to see him have such a dominant game.
"I challenged him a little last week and he came right back and had a great game. It shows the kind of competitor he is. We count on him and I'm really proud of him."
Along with the interception, Browner had four tackles and three passes defensed, including a ball he tipped away from Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald that safety Earl Thomas intercepted in the first quarter.
Browner gave a lot of the credit to his improved play to the Seattle defensive front, which has a season-high seven sacks Thursday.
"Those guys were getting after the quarterback," Browner said. "That makes our job on the back end so much easier."