Brandon Marshall doesn't see much one-on-one coverage these days, but knowing the Seahawks were going to play him straight up, he took the challenge rather personal.
"This game was personal. Any time a team goes one-on-one I take it really personal," Marshall said. "I take it as a sign of disrespect. I'm going to tell you the truth, I wanted to have a big game and also wanted to win. I want to compete and I want to dominate. But those guys played their tail off today and they won and you have to give it to them."
Despite not reaching the endzone, Marshall had one of his best games of the season, catching 10 passes for 165 yards and hauling in a 56-yard pass with under 20 seconds left that helped send the game to overtime.
Marshall saw coverage throughout the afternoon from both of Seattle's starting cornerbacks in Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman and they knew going into the game, Jay Cutler was going to target No. 15 as much as possible.
"Coming into the game we knew Brandon Marshall had 124 targets and the second guy behind him had something like 40 targets," Browner said. "There was a big difference from the first to the second guy. We knew Cutler was going to target him a lot and we did a good job of mixing up our coverages with him."
Sherman, who was credited with five tackles and one pass breakup, explained Seattle's gameplan against Marshall.
"Just another day out there. They tried to move him around, put him in the spots he likes and try to keep him off the press. Same old, same old," Sherman said. "Marshall is going got catch some balls, they're going to target him a lot. We did our best to contain him and I think we did a good job."
In the end, one of the biggest keys to the game were the Seahawks holding Marshall without a touchdown.
"Most definitely Marshall not scoring. There were some plays we let get away from us, but at the same time we made enough plays against him to win the football game," Browner said.