The San Francisco 49ers have been undoubtedly the hottest team in the NFL. They’ve won their last 11 games including a postseason win last weekend over the Seattle Seahawks. Much of this has been due to the excellent play of star running back Christian McCaffrey. The former Pro Bowler yet again proved his worth on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys by adding to an insane streak.
Christian McCaffrey with a rushing TD, and the 49ers take a 16-9 lead in the 4th quarter! 🏈 pic.twitter.com/PHygvZmFUq
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) January 23, 2023
This rushing touchdown was obviously extremely significant in the game. But it also speaks to just how impactful McCaffrey has been since being traded by the Carolina Panthers.
This score marks the ninth consecutive game that Christian McCaffrey has scored a touchdown. It puts him in some rare company in 49ers’ history. It’s the longest touchdown streak since Terrell Owens in 1998.
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) January 23, 2023
Running backs typically do not demand significant draft compensation in trades like McCaffrey did earlier this season, but he has clearly been worth it for San Francisco.
The NFL world took notice of this insane stat and gave McCaffrey a massive amount of praise for his insane play as of late.
Most consecutive games with a TD for #49ers player since merger (playoffs included):
Jerry Rice 12 in 1987
Freddie Solomon 10 in 1984
Terrell Owens 9 in 1998
Christian McCaffrey 8 in 2022 (still active)
Rice 8 in 1989
— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) January 23, 2023
TD CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY!!!!!!!
— Carlos M. Ramírez (@Tomapapa) January 23, 2023
Boy is it nice to have Christian McCaffrey on this roster.
— Niners Nation (@NinersNation) January 23, 2023
The Cowboys actually did an extremely solid job of limiting McCaffrey on the ground. The defense limited him to just 35 rushing yards on the day.
However, the 49ers’ defense was fantastic in the game. McCaffrey’s score ultimately ended up the deciding factor in the game, winning 19-12 over the Cowboys to advance to the NFC Championship game.
McCaffrey will look to keep his incredible streak intact next weekend against the Philadelphia Eagles with a potential Super Bowl appearance on the line.