OAKLAND -- Down by three points with 9:31 left to play in regulation, Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer took a snap in the shotgun formation from center Stefen Wisniewski and threw a deep pass down the sideline for wide receiver Juron Criner.
A catch would have given the Raiders a first-and-goal inside the Browns’ 10-yard line, but cornerback
“Carson threw a few deep balls at me today,” Brown said after finishing the game with four pass breakups. “I’ll have to talk to him and see what he saw on the tape last week when he was preparing.
“On that particular play, I had the opportunity to cover the short field. I lined up in press like I was going to stay down tight. Criner released outside. I bailed out of there and at that point, I saw Carson throwing the ball. I became the receiver and caught it.”
Those on the Browns’ sideline during the play felt Brown’s interception was a turning point in the game.
“I thought Sheldon challenged and that interception, that was huge,” Browns coach Pat Shurmur said. “It’s not easy to play corner in this league and Sheldon battled. I think he had a good day.”
Brown felt Palmer was not running a no-huddle in the traditional sense, although there were strategic reasons for using elements of that type of offense during the game.
“He was still snapping the ball with like 10 seconds on the clock,” Brown said. “What he was trying to do was figure out what we were doing on defense. We were disguising things early, so he’d get up to the line of scrimmage and let us give it away.”
On Sunday, Brown led a secondary with