1:00 PM ET, October 8, 2006
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- With a few waves, Reggie Bush beckoned the crowd to its feet as he awaited a critical punt. Soon, he would have all of them in ecstasy.
|Scouts Inc.'s take ...|
Saints quarterback Drew Brees (right) played mistake-free football and relied on running back Deuce McAllister.
The Buccaneers did a good job on the back end in coverage by being physical on the perimeter and disrupting the flow of the Saints' passing attack. But the Saints attacked on the ground to set up their short, controlled passing attack against a fast, aggressive Buccaneers defense.
Again, the Saints' defense struggled against the run as the Buccaneers controlled the line of scrimmage. Rookie quarterback Bruce Gradowski gave the Saints a few problems with his mobility and reacted well to blitz pressure.
Reggie Bush became the first rookie in NFL history to score a game-winning touchdown on a punt return in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter or in overtime. Bush scored on a 65-yard punt return with 4:17 remaining in the Saints' 24-21 win over the Bucs. (Honorable mention to Tamarick Vanover, who scored a game-winning punt-return TD in 1995, his first season in the NFL. But Vanover was not a rookie because he had played in the CFL.)
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Saints receiver Devery Henderson was inactive despite practicing for several days this week. He also missed the Saints' previous game with a sore shoulder. ... Conwell's touchdown catch was his first since the third week of the 2005 season at Minnesota. ... Saints safety Roman Harper hurt his left knee.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.2||5.4|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||4:11||Joey Galloway 18 Yd Pass From Bruce Gradkowski (Matt Bryant Kick) |
Drive: 6 plays, 61 yds, 3:08
|FG||13:49||John Carney 21 Yd |
Drive: 11 plays, 83 yds, 5:04
|TD||13:16||Deuce Mcallister 24 Yd Run (John Carney Kick) |
Drive: 10 plays, 88 yds, 4:05
|TD||9:08||Ernie Conwell 9 Yd Pass From Drew Brees (John Carney Kick) |
Drive: 4 plays, 25 yds, 1:33
|TD||12:10||Mike Alstott 1 Yd Run (Matt Bryant Kick) |
Drive: 6 plays, 74 yds, 3:02
|TD||4:57||Alex Smith 3 Yd Pass From Bruce Gradkowski (Matt Bryant Kick) |
Drive: 5 plays, 40 yds, 1:46
|TD||10:43||Reggie Bush 65 Yd Punt Return (John Carney Kick)||21||24|