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Saints’ Alvin Kamara ties NFL record with six rushing touchdowns

It didn’t take long for Alvin Kamara to deliver on Christmas Day.

The New Orleans Saints running back cruised to a 40-yard touchdown run on the game’s opening drive for a quick lead over the Minnesota Vikings. And he did it in style with a pair of green-and-red Christmas-themed cleats that may draw a fine from the league.

Kamara scored six touchdowns against the Vikings and now has 21 touchdowns on the season — his career-high. His six rushing TDs are tied with Ernie Nevers (Chicago Cardinals, 1929) for most in a game in NFL history. Kamara also set a career-high with yards from scrimmage. He was named to his fourth Pro Bowl in four years earlier this week.

The Saints’ offensive line deserves credit, too, on a day when both starting guards Andrus Peat and Nick Easton are out with injuries. The line blew open a big hole for Kamara against Minnesota’s injury-depleted defense.

Kamara may also be benefitting from his festive cleats.