Roderick Mclean | Staff Writer
Bill Feig | Associated Press
Alvin Kamara scored three touchdowns in the first half as the Saints handed the Los Angeles Rams their first loss of the season, 45-35, Sunday in New Orleans.
Kamara joined Jim Brown as the only players 23 or younger with three touchdowns or more in three games in an NFL season.
Receiver Michael Thomas had 12 catches for 211 yards for the Saints (7-1) and celebrated a late touchdown by taking out a flip phone.
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees threw for 346 yards and four touchdowns. So far this season, he’s completing 76 percent of his passes.
QB Jared Goff finished with 391 yards and three touchdowns for the Rams (8-1). Goff also threw an interception, which was picked off by Saints linebacker Alex Anzalone.
Los Angeles running back Todd Gurley was held to 79 total yards, including 68 rushing yards on 13 carries.
Despite those numbers, both offenses put on a show, combining for 970 yards.
The Saints now look like the favorites to come out of the NFC, but the Panthers are right behind them in the NFC South.
Carolina (6-2) and New Orleans face each other twice next month.