49ers’ Running Back Christian McCaffrey Makes History Once Again
Just one week after nearly setting an NFL record for consecutive games with a touchdown, Christian McCaffrey, the 49ers’ running back, found a new way to leave his mark in history. The game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday was one for the books.
McCaffrey’s 2-yard catch late in the first half marked his 484th reception in his NFL career. This achievement surpassed the legendary Roger Craig’s record for the most receptions by a running back within the first seven seasons in NFL history.
The incredible ability of McCaffrey shared common ground with that of Craig, as both of these running backs made history together. They, along with Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk, are the only running backs in NFL history to register 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in a single season.
Aside from breaking records, McCaffrey also led in the game against Tampa Bay. He extended his league-leading tally for receiving touchdowns among running backs by landing his fifth score through the air in Sunday’s game.
McCaffrey topped the position with an impressive 339 receiving yards, entering Week 11. He also led the entire NFL in rushing yards with 747 as he entered the game on Sunday.
If McCaffrey can keep up this incredible pace, he could be the first running back to lead in both rushing and receiving yards since 2010 when Arian Foster achieved this feat.
Since joining the 49ers before the 2022 NFL trade deadline, McCaffrey has garnered over 2,000 all-purpose yards and 24 touchdowns in 21 appearances for San Francisco.