McCaffrey matches historic Jerry Rice streak with TD vs. Giants originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area
SANTA CLARA — Christian McCaffrey entered Thursday’s game against the New York Giants with a chance to make 49ers history at Levi’s Stadium, and the star running back didn’t take long to accomplish the feat.
With his 4-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, McCaffrey didn’t just give San Francisco a two-score lead at the time — he also tied a streak held by Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice since 1987 by scoring a touchdown in his 12th straight game.
McCaffrey’s streak dates back to Week 13 of the 2022 NFL season, when he caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brock Purdy, and includes the playoffs.
With his latest touchdown, McCaffrey also became the fifth player since 1990 to record a touchdown in 12 straight games, including the postseason: Emmitt Smith (14 games, 1995-96), Arian Foster (13 games, 2011-12), Emmitt Smith (13 games, 1994-95), LaDainian Tomlinson (12 games, 2004) and McCaffrey (12 games; Dec. 4, 2022 through present).
McCaffrey and the 49ers entered halftime against the Giants on Thursday with a 17-6 lead and look to improve to 3-0 on the season with a win in their home opener.