Browner Goes the Distance
Yesterday evening the Seattle Seahawks annihilated the Denver Broncos in front of 67,000+ at Centurylink Field to the tune of a 40-10 scoreline in their second preseason contest. Giving the crowd in the stands and audience across the nation quite the show to watch, though it was a preseason game, the atmosphere surrounding it was anything but typical of NFL “exhibition” games.
Peyton Manning was in town, Russell Wilson was making his first start in the C-Link since last season, and the Seahawks were ripped and ready to prove to their fans that they could make 2013 quite the special year.
And though Manning and the Broncos were able to engineer a touchdown drive after Seattle put 10 straight points on the board to open the game, Seattle’s first team was clearly the superior product on the field during the time Denver had their starters out there.
While the pass rush could have been a tad bit better, the rest of the defense flourished against the Broncos’ high-octane offense, and the boys in blue even forced some turnovers, one of which was easily the highlight of the contest.
Up 17-7 with Denver knocking on the door of the end zone and threatening to cut Seattle’s lead to 3, Broncos running back Ronnie Hilllman took the handoff and attempted to leap up over the line of scrimmage, apparently losing the ball in the process as Heath Farwell came up and jarred the ball out of his hands.
The ball scuttled to the back of the end zone and was chased by Brandon Browner, who evaded one Denver player before cutting to the outside and racing up the side of the field.
Apparently aided by quite a few Broncos who thought the play would have been called dead as Hillman crossed the line, Browner sped down the sideline and raced for an emphatic touchdown that effectively sealed any chance of Denver contending in the game.
Not only did it put the game out of reach, it sparked an electric atmosphere that truly set this game apart from other preseason contests. It was Seattle’s first true test of the year, and they absolutely excelled.
Browner’s return for a touchdown was just the icing on the cake, even though there was still plenty of football left to play.
Aside from having the play of the game, Browner also forced a fumble when Denver was driving down the field and really proved why he is a dominant corner who is a big piece of the Legion of Boom.
My second favorite play of the night had to be Jermaine Kearse‘s kickoff return for a touchdown.
Taking the ball out of the end zone in what some would call an ill-conceived move, Kearse evaded one Bronco and managed to use his blockers to find his way into open space, breaking free for what would amount to a 107 yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Absolutely electrifying to watch, the return was all the more special when you consider that Kearse went undrafted, was a Washington Husky standout, and grew up in Washington as well.
Aside from his highlight-reel kickoff return, Kearse also had a big game, hauling in a few impressive catches while likely solidifying his spot on the squad.