Pierre Thomas Video: Watch Saints RB's Holiday-Themed TD Celebration

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Pierre Thomas clearly didn't get the memo that NFL players aren't allowed to have fun anymore.

Yes, even if said fun is had for the sake of being in the Christmas spirit.

In case you missed it, Thomas scored a touchdown in the first quarter of the Saints' tilt against the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night. Once he picked himself up off the deck, he produced a golden bow from his crotch and put it on the ball.

But as soon as Thomas moved to give the ball to a Saints fan in the front row, he was flagged for excessive celebration.


Because NFL referees hate Christmas, that's why.

Also, because you're not allowed to use props in touchdown celebrations. I'm pretty sure we have Terrell Owens to thank for that.

So it was a nice gesture, and I'm sure that lucky fan will cherish her (his?) crotch bow-enhanced football for years to come, but the fact of the matter is that Thomas broke the rules. You and I don't have to like it, but it is what it is.

Thomas' penalty moved the ensuing kickoff back 15 yards, and the Falcons ended up starting their next drive on their own 28-yard line. They would eventually find the end zone on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to Julio Jones.

Take away 15 of those yards, and Jones is stopped well short of the goal line. It's science.

Here's hoping Thomas has learned his lesson. We won't know for sure until next week, when we will all be on the lookout for him to pull a party hat or a bottle of champagne out of his pants.

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