NEW ORLEANS – Alvin Kamara broke the NFL record by running six touches in the game and ended up with a career-high 155 yards rushing to help New Orleans beat the Minnesota Vikings on Friday 52-33 and reach the fourth straight NFC South title.
Shoes of different colors – one red and one green on Christmas Day – Kamara ran 40 yards into contact for the game’s opening run. He added 1, 5, 6, 7 and 3 yard points against the defensive front of Minnesota, which suffered injuries.
The Chamber matched Hall of Fame player Ernie Nevers ’record in 1929 for the Chicago Cardinals.
“The offensive line will get the ball for sure, thanks to them,” Kamara said. “Sean (Payton, Saints coach) played it, I did a small part.
“Today was a great day, we got the first goal, the title of the division. I’ll take it from there. “
Minnesota (6-9) was knocked out of the playoffs when all Vikings teams scored the most points since 1963.
The Saints (11-4) never hit and set a record for the Viking opponent’s 583 yards from the game. They could have won more, if not Drew Brees, one of them bypassing the hands of a bent receiver, Emmanuel Sanders.
Brees completed 311 yards of 19 of 26 throws in his second game from a rib and lung injury that had displaced him in four games.
Sanders had four catches at 83 yards, while tight-headed Jared Cook got three passes at 82 yards. New Orleans ’264 yards rushed the most with Viking opponent head coach Mike Zimmer in seven seasons.
New Orleans-based Irv Smith Jr. grabbed a couple of touch feeds for the Vikings in the third quarter. The second pulled Minnesota 31-27. But the Saints responded with two short touches to Kamara and one reserve on QB Taysom Hill in the final quarter out of reach of the game.
Kirk Cousins passed 283 yards and three touches to the Vikings, who never led and retreated after Kamara’s second TD in the first quarter.
In a game where both defenses fought, Saints receiver Marquez Callaway made a game that is appreciated by all defending defenders when he prevented Eric Wilson from interrupting a pass that Brees threw to the right defender. Brees took the second chance and beat Callaway by 11 yards in the next show and found Cook’s 19-yard win for Vikings 6. It set up Kamara’s third-half TD period to lift New Orleans 24-14.