NEW ORLEANS — Alvin Kamara tied an NFL record by running for six touchdowns in a game and finished with a career-high 155 yards rushing to help New Orleans beat the Minnesota Vikings 52-33 and clinch their fourth straight NFC South title.
Kamara sprinted for a 40-yard touchdown on the game’s opening drive and added five more short scoring runs against a Minnesota defensive front hit hard by injuries.
Kamara equaled a record set by Hall of Fame fullback Ernie Nevers in 1929.
"The O-line did a great job, I really didn't have to do too much," said Kamara after the game. "It feels good to have one of those days, for the team, for the offensive morale."
Kamara was resplendent on the field in his red and green cleats - that's one red and one green cleat. The shoes run afoul of the NFL policy, meaning Kamara could get fined. He said he's expecting it, but he's okay with that.
"They're probably going to fine me," he said. "Whatever they fine me, I'll match it and donate it to charity."
Minnesota was eliminated from playoff contention while allowing the most points by any Vikings team since 1963.
The Saints started fast and, once they got out of their own way, they owned the Vikings. Only a couple of interceptions kept things tight on a day when the running game showed brute force and the passing game was opened up just enough by the running game.