Athlete: Reggie Bush

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw two interceptions in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons yesterday.  But it was his fourth quarter, six-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end Jimmy Graham with 3:24 remaining in regulation that gave the Saints a 17-14 lead that they did not surrender.

During the 90-yard drive, Brees completed six straight passes, including a five-yard pick-up to Reggie Bush on first and 10 from the Atlanta 13 yard line.  Two plays later, Brees found Graham for the game-winning score.  It was Atlanta’s first home loss of the 2010 regular season.

The Saints’ victory against the Falcons yesterday makes the battle for the NFC South Division title (and the first-round playoff bye that comes with it) much more interesting.  Now, the outcome of the Week 17 match-ups for both the Saints (11-4) and Falcons (12-3) could determine who wins the NFC South.  The Saints complete the 2010 regular season at home Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while the Falcons wrap up their regular season slate Sunday at home against the Carolina Panthers.  Both games are scheduled for a 1 p.m. ET kickoff. 

If the Saints defeat the Buccaneers (9-6) and the Panthers (2-13) knock off the Falcons, the Saints would win the division.  If the Falcons are victorious, they would win the NFC South regardless of the outcome of the Saints game.  Both the Saints and the Falcons have already earned spots in this year’s playoffs.  Whoever comes in second in the NFC South will be a Wild Card team and will go on the road to play either the Philadelphia Eagles or the winner of the NFC West Division (the winner of St. Louis Rams game in Seattle against the Seahawks Sunday at 8:20 ET) in the first round of the playoffs.

For their part, the Saints have been playing dominant football the last eight weeks, winning seven of their last eight games.  The team’s only loss came December 19 against the Ravens, when the Saints lost a tough game in Baltimore 30-24.

The Falcons are winners of four of their last five games and have the advantage of concluding their 2010 regular season slate by playing Carolina, who, by record, is the worst team in the NFL.

During yesterday’s victory against the Falcons, Bush showed that he continues working his way back into the Saints’ offense after missing eight games this season with a broken right leg.  He suffered the injury during the New Orleans’ Week 2 victory against the 49ers in San Francisco. 

On Sunday, Bush caught four passes for 40 yards, bringing his season totals to 29 receptions for 153 yards and one touchdown. No. 25 also returned three punts, one for nine yards on Sunday.

Reggie Bush Career Stats

  • 17 rushing touchdowns
  • 12 receiving touchdowns
  • 4 return touchdowns
  • 289 receptions

As Reggie Bush looks to regain his stellar form, we take a look back at one of our favorite touchdown runs from his days at USC:

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