Christian McCaffrey made a bit of history in his second game for the San Francisco 49ers. On Sunday, McCaffrey had a "trifecta touchdown" - he rushed for a touchdown, caught a touchdown pass and also threw a touchdown pass in the 49ers' 31-14 win over the Los Angeles Rams.
After throwing a touchdown pass and then scoring a receiving touchdown, McCaffrey had a 1-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter to become the first player since 2005 to have a trifecta touchdown. It was just the fifth case of a player collecting a trifecta touchdown.
"That's awesome," McCaffrey said after the game, per ESPN. "Obviously, those things are really cool. I think the biggest thing is coming out with a win and playing a second half like that, too. But I'm just proud to be a 49er and it felt good to get a win today."
McCaffrey praised by coach, teammates
When the 49ers were preparing their game plan for the Rams matchup, coach Kyle Shanahan asked whether they could use McCaffrey in the passing game. After one of his assistants sent him a video of McCaffrey tossing a 50-yard bomb in 2018, Shanahan decided that McCaffrey throwing would be a part of the 49ers' game plan versus the Rams.
"I think everyone knows how good of a player he is, but I just like how consistent he is and under control in what he does," Shanahan said. "He's a very smart player, and he makes a lot of plays and stuff, but it's the consistency of how he plays his game.
I feel like he was a great guy to add for us." In the second quarter - with the 49ers being on the Rams 34-yard line - quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw to McCaffrey in the right flat, who then found wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk for a touchdown.
After the game, 49ers quarterback Garoppolo said the play didn't even go as scripted, but that McCaffrey was able to adjust and do the right thing. "I went through the whole read left to right," Garoppolo said.
"He turned it upfield. That's just being a football player. That wasn't really how it was scripted. He just made a play." The 49ers scored 31 points on the Rams as 49ers star tight end George Kittle believes they have an offense capable of scoring in bunches.
"With all those skill position [talent], there isn't a ceiling, really," Kittle said. "We should go out there, we should be getting a lot of points."