The 49ers put up 34 points in Sunday’s win over the Jacksonville Jaguars and snapped their three-game losing streak. Four different players scored touchdowns for San Francisco, but Christian McCaffrey wasn’t one of them.
For the last 17 games, the running back found the back of the end zone and had the chance to take possession of the NFL’s record in Week 10. But even though San Francisco came away with the win, McCaffrey’s streak was snapped.
He knew there would be questions about not scoring, and McCaffrey made sure to find the humor in the situation.
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“I suck,” McCaffrey told reporters. “Everyone else on the team scored except for me.”
Even though he didn’t score he was still productive on the stat sheet. McCaffrey finished the game with 16 carries for 95 yards and added 47 yards on six carries.
It wasn’t for lack of trying that McCaffrey’s streak ended. Despite being up 31 in the fourth quarter, coach Kyle Shanahan elected to keep the running back in the game even though he began to remove some other starters. Though he admitted it was “nerve-racking” because he didn’t want McCaffrey to get hurt.
“Eighteen games in a row is a big record,” Shanahan told reporters. “So, if we had a chance to do that, I was gonna try to do it for him. It’s a little nerve-racking. The last thing I wanted to do is get him hurt. … I wish we could have done it for him, but I think that was a pretty big accomplishment just to do it for 17 games straight.”
McCaffrey will start fresh and try to start a new streak next week when the Niners host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.