Christian McCaffrey tied Jerry Rice’s 49ers record on the newest episode of Thursday Night Football.
When you think of the best attacking players of all time, who comes to mind? Jerry Rice is certainly one of the first names that springs to mind. Let’s do it again, but this time in the present. Christian McCaffrey is almost certainly on that list.
They share more than just the fact that they are both excellent at their jobs and play for the San Francisco 49ers. Both currently hold the franchise record for the most consecutive games with a touchdown, including playoffs.
Rice was the sole holder of this record from 1987 until Thursday night, when McCaffrey scored a touchdown in his 12th consecutive game to claim the honor.
In a 30-12 victory over the New York Giants, CMC tied a record with a touchdown in the second quarter. The 4-yard rush that capped a 73-yard drive and handed the home team a 17-3 lead will be remembered in Niners history.
McCaffrey has a chance to surpass the record next week when the 49ers face the Arizona Cardinals, who have yet to win and have given up 51 points in the first two games. So far this season, the Cardinals defense has allowed three rushing touchdowns, while opponents are averaging four yards per run and totaling 219 yards.
San Francisco’s offensive might be just as good next week with a few more days to prepare and a weaker defense, and No. 23 could score again.
McCaffrey may also surpass the NFL record for most consecutive games with a touchdown, which has lasted since 1970.
Rice, McCaffrey, and LaDainian Tomlinson, who reached his 12th game with the San Diego Chargers in 2004, are all tied for fourth place. The Washington Redskins’ George Rodgers (1985), Emmitt Smith (1994), and Arian Foster (2011) have all won 13 consecutive games. Smith extended his streak to 14 games in 1995. In 1974, O.J. Simpson of the Buffalo Bills and John Riggins of the Washington Redskins each had a 15-game touchdown streak.
To tie the all-time record, McCaffrey would need to score touchdowns in his next three games. To break the record, he would need to score in each of his following four games.
The 49ers’ next four games are at home against the Cardinals, at home against the Cowboys, on the road against the Browns, and on the road against the Minnesota Vikings.
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