The Saints defeated the Vikings 31-28 and will make their first appearance in the Super Bowl in two weeks. After the big plays that Reggie Bush made last week against the Arizona Cardinals, Bush was expected to at least match that production in today's NFC Championship Game. The Vikings defense came to play and held the Saints high-powered offense to 257 yards. Bush dropped a pass on a 3rd down play, muffed a punt and did not convert on a 3rd and 1. After his muff a number of teammates encouraged him to keep his head in the game. After the first half the Vikings defense did not look like they would allow any of the Saints offensive weapons to get going.
The play that got New Orleans going was a five-yard pass to Bush that was ruled a TD when it was determined by the replay booth that Reggie broke the plane of the goaline when he hit the pylon. That score put the Saints ahead 28-21. Other than that play the entire game was ordinary for Bush, but that one play was good enough to contribute to the Saints making their first Super Bowl in franchise history. Bush finished the NFC Championship Game with two receptions for 33 yards, 7 carries for 8 yards and 0 yards on punt returns. The Saints will need more production out of Bush if they expect to beat the Colts in two weeks.