Christian McCaffrey, the star running back for the San Francisco 49ers, etched his name into 49ers history at Levi’s Stadium during Thursday night’s game against the New York Giants. McCaffrey wasted no time in achieving this significant milestone.
In the second quarter of the game, McCaffrey’s 4-yard touchdown run not only extended San Francisco’s lead but also marked a historic moment in his career. By finding the end zone in his 12th consecutive game, he equaled a remarkable streak held by none other than Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice since 1987.
McCaffrey’s remarkable touchdown streak traces back to Week 13 of the 2022 NFL season when he caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brock Purdy. Notably, this streak encompasses both regular-season and playoff games, highlighting McCaffrey’s consistent and impressive performance in high-pressure situations.
With his latest touchdown, McCaffrey joined an elite group of players who have achieved this remarkable feat since 1990. The exclusive club includes the likes of Emmitt Smith, Arian Foster, LaDainian Tomlinson, and now McCaffrey himself.
Emmitt Smith holds the record with 14 consecutive games with a touchdown in 1995-96, followed closely by Arian Foster with 13 games in 2011-12, and Emmitt Smith again with 13 games in 1994-95. LaDainian Tomlinson managed 12 consecutive games in 2004, and McCaffrey’s ongoing streak has now matched this impressive record.
As the first half concluded, Christian McCaffrey and the 49ers held a commanding 17-6 lead over the Giants. The team aimed to maintain their perfect season record of 3-0 with a victory in their home opener. McCaffrey’s consistency and ability to find the end zone have undoubtedly played a pivotal role in the 49ers’ success, making him a standout player in the NFL.