The Green Bay Packers’ defense has struggled to create turnovers this season, but cornerback Bashaud Breeland came up with a big one in the second quarter on Sunday.
With the Atlanta Falcons facing a third-and-four at their own 14-yard line, Breeland identified the route being run by tight end Austin Hooper. Breaking quickly on Matt Ryan’s throw to the right sideline, Breeland easily intercepted the pass and returned it untouched to the end zone for a 22-yard touchdown return.
Breeland now has his first career Lambeau Leap.
That score gave the Packers a 17-7 lead midway through the second quarter. It was Breeland’s second interception as a Packer in just four games; he also picked off Brock Osweiler during the Packers’ last victory, a 31-12 win over the Miami Dolphins at Lambeau Field in week 10.
This is just the 13th turnover that the Packers’ defense has forced this season, and it is the first takeaway since the Packers recovered a fumble by Seahawks running back Chris Carson three weeks ago. It is also the sixth interception Ryan has thrown against the Packers in seven-plus games, including the playoffs.