Seahawks' Brandon Browner makes up for last game with two interceptions
Brandon Browner, the Seahawks cornerback who was beaten on a crucial play in the loss to Washington, rebounded with two interceptions Thursday night against Philadelphia.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Brandon Browner has stood out in Seattle's secondary the past two weeks, and not just because he's 6 feet 4.
On Sunday against Washington, he was the man in coverage on the 50-yard touchdown pass from Rex Grossman to Anthony Armstrong that turned out to be the game-winning score.
"I really felt bad," Browner said. "I really felt like I lost the game for us last week. I learned from it."
Yes, he did, and Thursday against Philadelphia, Browner stood out for a very different reason: He picked off Philadelphia's Vince Young twice, becoming the first Seahawk to intercept two passes in more than a year.
Long way to TD
Linebacker David Hawthorne had a clear path to the end zone after his fourth-quarter interception.
It wasn't quite the perfect scenario, though.
"In my dreams, I usually only run like 20 yards," Hawthorne said.
Thursday he had to run 77 after stepping in front of Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy and outrunning everyone to the end zone. Hawthorne was a game-time decision because of a sore knee, and he didn't know if he would be able to play until he worked out before the game.
Turnover a new leaf
"Turnover Thursday" is the designation Seattle uses during its normal practice schedule. The Seahawks carried that theme into Thursday's game against the Eagles.
Seattle intercepted the Eagles' Vince Young four times, the Seahawks committed no turnovers and for the first time this season they had a positive turnover margin of plus four.
"This is turnover Thursday for us anyway when we practice," coach Pete Carroll said. "So the fact we got a whole bunch of them tonight is a really big deal to us."
Defensive end Chris Clemons was playing against the team that traded him to Seattle. He played for the Eagles in 2008 and 2009.
Seattle acquired Clemons and a fourth-round pick in exchange for Darryl Tapp last year, and as a Seahawk, Clemons has emerged as the team's most dangerous pass rusher with 19 sacks in 28 starts. He said there wasn't any extra motivation in facing his former employer.
"Just going out and doing my job like I do every week," Clemons said, "trying to help my team win a game. There was no extra motivation from that team. It was all business for me. I never took it personal. It was the best thing they ever did for me."
Clemons had three tackles. One play brought him to the Eagles sideline in pursuit, and it appeared he shouted directly in front of Eagles coach Andy Reid.
McCoy good to go
Running back McCoy, the NFL's rushing leader, was a game-time decision for the Eagles because of a toe injury that curtailed him in practice this week. McCoy said that during pregame warm-ups Thursday the toe was tender and he wasn't sure he was going to be able to make it.
"Then the medication kicked in a little, and it felt good when we came back out," he said. "I didn't feel it the whole game."
McCoy ran for 84 yards and scored both Eagles TDs.
The Seahawks had two sacks Thursday as linebackers K.J. Wright and Leroy Hill had one apiece. It was Hill's third sack this season, matching his most in any year since he had 7.5 as a rookie.
Danny O'Neil: 206-464-2364 or email@example.com. On Twitter @dannyoneil
Times staff reporter Larry Stone contributed to this article.
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