Kamara’s record setting day doom Vikings

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – 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 Christmas Day. Kamara equaled a record set by Hall of Fame fullback Ernie Nevers in 1929. Minnesota was eliminated from playoff contention while allowing the most points by any Vikings team since 1963.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer estimated Minnesota had lost six linebackers, three defensive linemen, three cornerbacks and a safety from the start of the year. The Saints did whatever they wanted. They piled up 36 first downs and 583 yards. The yardage allowed was a Vikings franchise high. Zimmer says it’s the worst defense of his coaching career.

Vikings wrap up their year January 3rd at Detroit.