Burnett gets 1st INT since 2012

Mike Woods
Post-Crescent Media
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The drought is over for Morgan Burnett.

The Green Bay safety picked off his first pass since 2012, and it led to what proved to be an important 1-yard TD pass from Aaron Rodgers to Eddie Lacy as the Packers held on for a 43-37 victory over Atlanta at Lambeau Field on Monday night.

With just over six minutes to play in the second quarter, Burnett perfectly high-pointed a pass intended for Devin Hester on the sideline and returned it 32 yards to the Falcons' 15.

Four plays later Rodgers hit Lacy for the touchdown and a 24-7 lead.

"Just really playing the defense,'' said Burnett. "I just dropped to my flat. I really didn't think he was going to throw the ball; I figured he was trying to throw it out of bounds. But I was able to jump up and get the ball, tried to make a play with it, tried to score but ran out of gas.''

Burnett's last theft came on Dec. 2, 2012, when he twice intercepted Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder in a 23-14 win in Green Bay.

"It feels great,'' he said. "It's a long time coming but that's when you just have to keep playing. Your interceptions will eventually come when you keep playing with good technique and trusting the defense and that's what happened today.''

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