Niners RB Christian McCaffrey scores a rare touchdown hat trick in comeback win

Niners RB Christian McCaffrey scores a rare touchdown hat trick in comeback win

Two games into his tenure with the San Francisco 49ers, Christian McCaffrey already making history.

McCaffrey had a passing, rushing and receiving touchdown in a brilliant second game for San Francisco on Sunday in his Victory 31-14 via the Los Angeles Rams.

McCaffrey became the first NFL player to become a Pro Football Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson in 2005 to pull off a rare touchdown trifecta. Since the 1970 merger, only McCaffrey, Tomlinson and the late, great Walter Payton (1979) have thrown, run and received a TD in the same game.

Two of McCaffrey’s three touchdowns came in the second half to lead San Francisco back from a four-point deficit to a 17-point deficit. Truth be told, the CMC was more concerned with a win to celebrate than an individual achievement to applaud.

“Obviously, those things are really cool,” McCaffrey said, via ESPN’s Nick Wagoner. “I think the biggest thing is to come out with a win and play the second half like that… But I’m just proud to be a 49er and it was nice to win today.”

In all, McCaffrey rushed 18 times for 94 yards, completed one pass on as many attempts for 34 yards and caught eight passes for 55 yards. He became the first player in the Super Bowl era with more than 30 yards passing, rushing, receiving and scoring in each category, according to NFL Research.

“I think everybody knows how good of a player he is, but I like how consistent and in control he is in what he does,” Niners head coach Kyle Shanahan said. “He’s a very smart player and he makes a lot of plays and stuff, but it’s the consistency in how he plays his game. I feel like he’s been a great guy for us.”

McCaffrey, whom the 49ers acquired through trade with the Carolina Panthers, threw his second career touchdown pass to open the scoring for San Francisco. He hit a wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk for a 34-yard score in the second quarter that tied the game.

He later hit a Niners offense in the second half that turned the game around for good.

McCaffrey hauled in a 9-yard touchdown pass Jimmy Garoppolo to give San Francisco its first lead of the game in the third quarter. The score would have been the game-winner, but CMC wasn’t done as he kicked from a yard out to tally the NFL’s rarest of hat tricks.

To say McCaffrey made a quick study of Shanahan’s offense would be an understatement. McCaffrey is off to a strong start with his new team, leading comeback wins and making history.

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