How Christian McCaffrey could make 49ers, NFL history vs. Giants

How Christian McCaffrey could make 49ers, NFL history vs. Giants originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

Another week, another opportunity for Christian McCaffrey to break a record or make some type of history.

The 49ers running back currently leads the NFL with 268 rushing yards entering Week 3 of the 2023 season, and he has recorded at least 115 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown in each of San Francisco's first two games.

So, in the 49ers' Thursday Night Football meeting with the New York Giants at Levi's Stadium, McCaffrey could become the third player in NFL history to record 115 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown in the first three games of a season if he reaches those marks, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Jim Brown and O.J. Simpson.

It doesn't end there.

The 27-year-old has scored a touchdown in 11 consecutive games, dating to the 2022 regular season and playoffs. If McCaffrey racks up a touchdown in the 49ers' home opener Thursday, he'd become the fifth NFL player since 1990 to record a TD in 12 consecutive games, including the playoffs.

The players with the most consecutive games with a touchdown since 1990 are:

Emmitt Smith (14 games): Oct. 8, 1995 to Jan. 28, 1996
Arian Foster (13 games): Dec. 18, 2011 to Nov. 11, 2012
Emmitt Smith (13 games): Nov. 7, 1994 to Sept. 24, 1995
LaDainian Tomlinson (12 games): Oct. 3 to Dec. 26, 2004
McCaffrey (11, active streak): Dec. 4, 2022 to current

Talk about elite company.

Speaking of elite company, with a touchdown Thursday, McCaffrey also would match 49ers legend Jerry Rice for the longest TD scoring streak in team history.

Phew. That's a lot of history.

McCaffrey is just beginning his first full season with the 49ers, and already is reaching historic feats in Red and Gold. And it's only up from here.

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