13 mind-blowing stats from McCaffrey’s four-TD explosion vs. Cardinals originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area
With four touchdowns against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Christian McCaffrey made it clear he’s something special in the 49ers’ 35-16 win at Levi’s Stadium.
The star running back rushed his way into the NFL MVP conversation with 177 all-purpose yards — 106 rushing, 71 receiving — and one epic hurdle in Week 4, making for a dominant performance that was historic in more ways than one.
To put McCaffrey’s record-breaking day into perspective, here are 13 stats (courtesy of the 49ers) showing all the different ways he etched his name into football history and why it was one of the best performances of his NFL career.
McCaffrey’s 106 yards on the ground mark his 19th career game (playoffs included) with 100 or more rushing yards.
McCaffrey’s four TDs mark a career-high and the most TDs recorded in a single game by a 49ers player since RB Tevin Coleman in 2019 [four TDs vs. the Carolina Panthers (10/27/19)].
McCaffrey joined Coleman as one of two players in franchise history to score three rushing TDs and one receiving TD in the same game.
McCaffrey’s three TDs in the game’s first half mark the first time in his career that he has scored three or more TDs in one half.
This also was McCaffrey’s 12th career game with at least one rushing and one receiving TD, which is tied for the second-most such games all time (Marshall Faulk is No. 1 with 15 games).
With 177 yards from scrimmage and four TDs, McCaffrey is the first player in 49ers franchise history to tally 100 or more yards from scrimmage and one TD in each game in Weeks 1-4, and is the first NFL player to accomplish the feat since former Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray in 2014.
McCaffrey also is the eighth NFL RB to accomplish the feat since at least 1970 (RB DeMarco Murray, Cowboys – 2014; RB Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs – 2013; RB Ricky Williams, Miami Dolphins – 2002; RB Emmitt Smith, Cowboys – 1995;…