In a stellar second performance for San Francisco on Sunday in their 31-14 victory over the Los Angeles Rams, McCaffrey had passing, rushing, and receiving touchdowns.
Since LaDainian Tomlinson entered 2005 the Pro Football Hall of Fame, McCaffrey has been the only NFL player to score three touchdowns in a row. Only three players—McCaffrey, Tomlinson, and the late great Walter Payton (1979)—have thrown, run, and received touchdowns in the same game since the 1970 merger.
McCaffrey scored two of his three touchdowns in the 2nd half to help San Francisco rally from a four-point hole to beat the opposition by 17 points. However, as usual, CMC was more focused on having a victory to celebrate than a particular achievement to commend.
According to McCaffrey, “Those things are extremely cool,” as reported by the source. I’m just pleased to be a 49er, and it felt wonderful to have a win today, but I think the biggest thing is coming out with a win and playing a second half like that, too.
McCaffrey ran 18 times for a total of 94 yards, completed one of two passes he attempted for 34 yards, and caught eight catches for a gain of 55 yards. According to NFL Research, he became the only player in the Super Bowl era with 30+ yards or more in each of the following categories: throwing, rushing, receiving, and scoring.
Kyle Shanahan, head coach of the Niners, stated, “I think everyone knows how excellent of a player he is, but I admire how consistent he is and under control in what he does. “I feel like he was a tremendous kid to add for us,” said one of the team’s coaches. “He’s a clever player, and he makes a lot of plays and everything, but it’s the consistency of how he plays his game.”
To start San Francisco’s scoring, McCaffrey, who the 49ers acquired via trade with the Carolina Panthers, tossed the second touchdown pass of his career. In the second quarter, he connected with wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk for a score of 34 yards, tying the score.
Later, he served as the game’s pivot point for the Niners’ second-half onslaught.
In the third quarter, McCaffrey caught a 9-yard pass from Jimmy Garoppolo to give San Francisco their first game lead. However, CMC wasn’t done, as he bowled in from a yard out to record the most uncommon of NFL hat tricks. The score would go down as the game-winning score.
It would be an afterthought to say that McCaffrey has picked up Shanahan’s scheme very quickly. McCaffrey has made history and had a strong start with his new team, leading comeback victories.