Niners star Christian McCaffrey fails to score a touchdown for the 1st time in 18 games

by Madison Thomas
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Niners’ Star Christian McCaffrey Fails to Score a Touchdown for the First Time in 18 Games

Christian McCaffrey found himself on the sideline alongside several other starters, seemingly finished for the day as the San Francisco 49ers dominated the game.

However, a late surge by the 49ers provided an unexpected opportunity for McCaffrey to find the end zone once more, possibly setting a new NFL record in the process.

Coach Kyle Shanahan made the decision to reinsert his star player into the game, despite the lopsided score, with the hope of McCaffrey breaking the NFL record for consecutive games with a touchdown. While it didn’t pan out as intended, it also didn’t result in any adverse consequences.

McCaffrey concluded the game with an impressive total of 142 yards in San Francisco’s commanding 34-3 victory over Jacksonville on Sunday. Nevertheless, his remarkable streak of scoring in 17 consecutive games, including playoff appearances, came to an end. This was his first game without a scoring play since a 13-0 win against New Orleans on Nov. 27, 2022.

McCaffrey had been tied with Lenny Moore for the NFL record, and the Niners made a concerted effort to help him achieve this milestone by giving him the ball or targeting him on five consecutive plays during a 31-point blowout.

Coach Shanahan shared, “Eighteen games in a row is a significant record. If there was a chance to accomplish it, I was determined to make the attempt. Of course, I was apprehensive about the risk of injury. We came close, and I wish we could have achieved it for him. Nonetheless, I believe the accomplishment of 17 consecutive games is still quite significant.”

Surprisingly, the Jaguars, despite their lackluster performance, managed to prevent McCaffrey from scoring on four consecutive attempts from inside the 10-yard line. The last of these was a pass to the front corner of the end zone during a fourth-and-5 play from the 5-yard line.

After the game, Coach Shanahan even took a moment to explain the situation to Jaguars’ coach Doug Pederson at midfield. “As soon as I saw him, I wanted to make sure he understood why we were attempting that,” Shanahan explained. “He was fully aware, and he mentioned they were aware of it too. Hopefully, it didn’t offend him too much.”

Coach Shanahan emphasized that he never doubted his decision, saying, “I always make decisions based on what I believe is best for the team. Sometimes it works out, and sometimes it doesn’t. But I won’t worry about it until after the game. Then I can address it.”

McCaffrey’s performance saw him carry the ball 16 times for 95 yards and catch six passes for 47 yards. However, he fell short in the scoring department, unlike his teammates George Kittle, Brandon Aiyuk, Deebo Samuel, and Kyle Juszczyk, who all found the end zone.

McCaffrey humorously commented, “Yeah, I had a rough day. Everyone else on the team managed to score except for me. Nevertheless, it means a lot to me that they kept me in the game at the end to pursue that record. But, hey, I’ll take a huge win.”

For the season, McCaffrey now boasts 747 rushing yards and nine touchdowns, along with 339 receiving yards and four scores.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about touchdown streak

Q: Why did Coach Kyle Shanahan put Christian McCaffrey back into the game despite the lopsided score?

A: Coach Shanahan wanted McCaffrey to break the NFL record for consecutive games with a touchdown, which he was tied for. Despite the risk, he attempted to achieve this significant milestone.

Q: How did the game against Jacksonville end for Christian McCaffrey’s touchdown streak?

A: McCaffrey finished the game with 142 total yards, but his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown, including playoffs, came to an end at 17. This marked his first game without a scoring play since November 27, 2022.

Q: Did the Niners’ efforts to help McCaffrey break the record succeed?

A: Despite their efforts, the Jaguars managed to prevent McCaffrey from scoring on four consecutive attempts from inside the 10-yard line, ultimately ending his touchdown streak.

Q: How did Christian McCaffrey perform in the game in terms of yards and touchdowns?

A: McCaffrey had an impressive performance, carrying the ball 16 times for 95 yards and catching six passes for 47 yards. However, he did not score any touchdowns in this game.

Q: What are Christian McCaffrey’s overall statistics for the season?

A: McCaffrey has accumulated 747 rushing yards and nine touchdowns for the season, along with 339 receiving yards and four scores.

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49ersNation November 13, 2023 - 10:00 am

34-3 win is huge! mccaffrey’s a star, but the team’s victory is most important. good job niners!

JaguarsFan23 November 13, 2023 - 1:49 pm

mccaffrey couldn’t get the td, but jags defense held strong at the goal line. still love my jags!

FootballFan1 November 13, 2023 - 11:11 pm

mcCaffrey’s streak end? that’s sad. i was hopin he’d get the record. coach shanahan did wut he cud. go 49ers!

SportsExpert42 November 13, 2023 - 11:39 pm

impressive stats by mccaffrey this season, even though he didn’t score in this game. the record was close, too bad it didn’t happen.


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