New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara gave credit to his teammates after tying the NFL record for the most rushing touchdowns in league history. On Christmas Day, four-time Pro Bowl running back Kamara scored six rushing touchdowns as the Saints demolished the Minnesota Vikings 52-33 to improve to 11-4 on the season.
"It's crazy. The O-line did a great job; I really didn't have to do too much. And the receivers did a great job setting the edge and coming across and doing the dirty work," Kamara said after the game, per ESPN.
"It just feels good to have one of those days, just for the team, just for offensive morale. Like I always say, I'm not focused on personal goals and yards and stuff like that. As long as the team has success, then personal success will come."
After his third rushing touchdown in the first half, Kamara asked Saints running backs coach Joel Thomas what was the record for the most rushing touchdowns scored in a game. "He came back to me and told me six, and I was like, 'S---, let's go,'" Kamara said.
Kamara was OK with coach's decision
Late in the fourth quarter -- when the Saints were on the 1-yard from line from the end zone -- Saints head coach Sean Payton called a play for Taysom Hill. Had Kamara been given the ball, he would have probably scored his seventh touchdown and set the new record.
"I was just like, 'It's all good. I'm second, at least,'" Kamara said of coach's decision to give Hill ball. Kamara rushed the ball 22 times for 255 rushing yards and six touchdowns in a comfortable win over the Vikings.
Saints head coach Payton described Kamara's performance as unbelievable. "Obviously, his performance was unbelievable," Payton said of Kamara. "I would say most of these players have no idea how good Gale Sayers was; but growing up in Chicago, certainly you were familiar with his ability.
"It was a big deal. He played fantastic today. And look, Minnesota was banged up too. They had a lot of new faces playing linebacker. It's been a little unusual year that way." Kamara wore a Christmas-themed, green-and-red cleats and he will probably receive a fine from the NFL.
"If they fine me, whatever it is, I'll just match it and donate it to charity," Kamara said. "You know, the Grinch always tries to steal Christmas."