Packers-Saints: Play of the game

A little block by Reggie Bush helped him convert a third down, and bungled coverage by Nick Collins led to the Saints' first touchdown.

The most memorable play of Sunday's loss to the Saints' was Ahman Green's fateful fumble, which allowed New Orleans to build a two-touchdown lead midway through the fourth quarter.

The most important play of the game, however, was a block by, of all people, Reggie Bush.

Just two games into his professional career, last year's Heisman Trophy winner is probably the most overhyped player in the league. It's no knock on Bush, but he can't possibly live up to all the glowing praise being thrown his way.

He certainly wasn't anything special on Sunday, but an innocent block in the second quarter helped turn the tide in New Orleans' favor.

The Saints trailed 13-0 and faced a third-and-8 from Green Bay's 46-yard line. When Drew Brees dropped back into the pocket, left tackle Jammal Brown engaged Packers speed rusher Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila. Bush chip-blocked Gbaja-Biamila before heading into the flat, and the glancing blow was enough to send KGB to the turf.

Not only did the block prevent Gbaja-Biamila from pressuring Brees, but it also eliminated any chance of him getting in Brees' throwing lane.

Bush was wide open in the flat — the Packers' defense was preoccupied with Bush for most of the day but seemingly fell asleep on this play — and he wound up gaining 10 yards for a first down at Green Bay's 36.

Still, it was just one first down, but on the next play, Brees hit backup tight end Mark Campbell for 33 yards in a play that epitomized the Packers' inability to defend the pass.

Campbell is a seventh-year pro who entered the game with exactly one reception of longer than 30 yards. Split wide to the left on first-and-10, Packers safety Nick Collins clearly didn't think Campbell was going to be a target. In fact, Collins' feeble attempt at coverage consisted of him jogging alongside Campbell. When Collins realized Brees was throwing deep to Campbell, he tried to turn around to break up the pass but stumbled and landed on his back.

One play later, the Saints' Deuce McAllister easily scored on a 3-yard touchdown run.

Green Bay's defensive line played well all day, but on the scoring play, defensive tackle Colin Cole was way too high, allowing left guard Jamar Nesbit to leave a double team with center Jeff Faine, bulldoze linebacker A.J. Hawk and clear the path for McAllister to score.

The touchdown cut Green Bay's lead to 13-7 and sparked a Saints rally that saw them scored 20 consecutive points.

Lawrence is a regular contributor to PackerReport.com. Send comments to steve_lawrence_packers@yahoo.com.


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