There wasn't a pair of turtle doves, but there was a hit on a tight end with gloves. There weren't five golden rings, but there were five backs in gold helmets with dings. There weren't nine ladies dancing, but there were nine primary slammings.
Saints receiver Marques Colston is tackled by Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly after catching a pass during the second quarter.
There was no partridge in a pear tree, but there were lots of tackles after passes from Brees.
This feat that tied the NFL record for most tackles in a game didn't take 12 days, either. Kuechly needed only four 15-minute quarters to collect more Christmas joy than some players do in four holidays.
On his second play from scrimmage, a player with true love for the game brought to thee: