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Kamara Runs For Six Touchdowns As NFL Saints Rip Vikings

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Alvin Kamara ran for 155 yards and an NFL record-tying six touchdowns to lead the New Orleans Saints in routing Minnesota 52-33 on Friday in an NFL Christmas contest.

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Kamara carried 22 times and caught three passes for 17 yards while scoring on runs of 40, 7, 6, 5, 3 and 1 yards then credited his offensive line blockers for opening holes in the Vikings defensive line.

“It’s a good day,” Kamara said. “The O-line, kudos to them. They get the game ball for sure. I did a small part. They did the rest.”

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Kamara matched the all-time NFL record for rushing touchdowns in a game set by Ernie Nevers of the Chicago Cardinals in 1929 in a 40-6 victory over the Chicago Bears.

The Saints (11-4) clinched a fourth consecutive NFC South division title, having already secured their place in the NFL playoffs, while the Vikings fell to 6-9 and were eliminated from post-season contention.

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“We still have got so much more room to grow,” Kamara said. “Every week we’re looking to get better. We want to do more. We’re tasting greatness. We’ve still got a long way to go.”

Kamara has 21 touchdowns this season, including a team-record 15 rushing touchdowns.

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara celebrates scoring one of his NFL record-tying six rushing touchdowns Friday in a victory over Minnesota

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara celebrates scoring one of his NFL record-tying six rushing touchdowns Friday in a victory over Minnesota

He opened the scoring with a 40-yard touchdown run but the Vikings answered on the next possession on Dalvin Cook’s 15-yard touchdown run.

Kamara’s 1-yard touchdown run capped a 66-yard Saints march and Wil Lutz kicked a 30-yard field goal to give New Orleans a 17-7 edge early in the second quarter.

Minnesota’s Mike Boone responded with a 4-yard touchdown run but Kamara scored on a 5-yard run with 38 seconds remaining in the second quarter to lift the Saints ahead 24-14 at halftime.

A deflected Drew Brees pass was intercepted by the Vikings’ Hardy Nickerson, giving Minnesota the ball at the Saints’ 18-yard line, and that set up a 2-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins to Irv Smith, although a missed conversion kick left the visitors trailing 24-20.

The Saints answered with a 10-play, 74-yard drive that ended with Kamara’s 6-yard touchdown run as New Orleans seized a 31-20 advantage.

Smith made his second touchdown grab on a 4-yard pass from Cousins to trim the Vikings’ deficit to four entering the fourth quarter, but had two touchdown runs, the record-equalizer coming from three yards with 1:50 remaining.

Taysom Hill scored on a 1-yard run for the other Saints touchdown.

Brees completed 19-of-26 tosses for 311 yards, becoming the first passer in NFL to crack 80,000 career yards.

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