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Former Seahawk Brandon Browner predicts Byron Maxwell interception vs Green Bay Packers

Posted Sep 5, 2014

Spectating Thursday night's NFL-opening tilt between the Seahawks and Green Bay Packers, former Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner predicted cornerback Byron Maxwell's interception of Aaron Rodgers.

In the third quarter of Thursday night's NFL-opener between the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks and Green Bay Packers, cornerback Byron Maxwell capitalized on a mistake.

Facing 1st-and-10 from their own 14-yard-line, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers led wide receiver Jordy Nelson a hair too much on a crossing route over the middle of the field. Rodgers' throw grazed off the fingertips of the Green Bay wideout and fell into the awaiting arms of Maxwell, who was blanketing the play.

"When opportunity comes your way, you've got to capitalize on it," Maxwell said.

It was the fifth career interception in just six career starts for Maxwell, who started five games in place of former Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner to close out the 2013 season. 

Speaking of Browner - who signed a deal with the New England Patriots this past offseason - he was spectating Thursday night's game between the Seahawks and Packers and noticed Rodgers and the Packers offense were staying away from his Legion of Boom pal Richard Sherman, and instead putting the pressure on the fourth-year pro Maxwell.

"They going to keep trying B Max and he goin to pick one off, play with fire get burned," Browner tweeted early in the contest.

Sure enough, Browner's prediction came true. The game-changing play that allowed kicker Steven Hauschka to extend the Seahawks lead to 20-10 also earned praise from the All-Pro cover-man Sherman.

"Byron is a big-time playmaker for us," Sherman said in the Seahawks locker room following his club's 36-16 victory over Green Bay. "We needed a play and he was able to bring it down for us. He was able to do his part, trying to get down the field a little bit, but that's what we expect.

"We expect big plays out of him - he is a great corner," Sherman added. "Hopefully he will have another great year like he did last year."

With the Packers completely staying away from Sherman's side - the former fifth-round pick didn't record a single stat on Thursday night - you can expect Maxwell to continue receiving his fair share of opportunities to make those big plays moving forward.

The question is, will that type of situation start to overwhelm the former Clemson Tiger?

"No," Maxwell stated. "I’m getting the rock thrown my way, so it’s cool."

And despite predicting Maxwell's pick, Browner didn't even get to see it happen live. That's because he was catching a little catnap in the game's third period.

"I dozed off for half of the 3rd quarter, and apparently Byron got a pick. #itolduso," Browner tweeted

Like Browner projected: Play with fire, get burned.