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#StanfordNFL Week 8: TD Trifecta

Nov 1, 2022

San Francisco running back Christian McCaffrey pulled off a touchdown trifecta in his second game for the 49ers – throwing for, running for and catching a touchdown in the same game, a 31-14 49ers' victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday at SoFi Stadium.

With a full week to practice with his new team, McCaffrey inspired Stanford fans to recall a similar day in the 2015. In a 41-22 victory over USC in the Pac-12 Championship Game, McCaffrey – and Stanford QB Kevin Hogan – did the same thing on the way to the Rose Bowl.

On Sunday, McCaffrey ran for 94 yards on 18 carries, caught eight passes for 55 yards, and tossed a 34-yard pass to Brandon Aiyuk. His other touchdowns came on a go-ahead 9-yard leaping catch on a pass from Jimmy Garappolo in the third quarter – McCaffrey's first TD as a 49er – and a 1-yard run in the fourth for a 24-14 lead. 

 

Christian McCaffrey. Photo by Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports.

McCaffrey became the first player in 49er history to accomplish the feat, and the first in NFL history since San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson in 2005. He's the fourth player -- along with Tomlinson, New England receiver David Patten and Chicago running back Walter Payton -- since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to complete the trifecta.

McCaffrey also became the only player in the Super Bowl era to have at least one of each kind of offensive touchdown and 30 or more yards passing, rushing and receiving in a game.

Teammate Curtis Robinson, an inside linebacker, played 67 percent of the 49ers' special teams snaps. 

 

Paulson Adebo (left). Photo by Stephen Lew/USA TODAY Sports.

New Orleans starting cornerback Paulson Adebo had eight tackles, including six solo, as well as a tackle for loss and a pass breakup in the Saints' 24-0 victory against visiting Las Vegas. Teammate Andrus Peat, a starter at offensive guard, did not allow a sack, a hit, or a QB hurry. For the Raiders, Blake Martinez, at inside linebacker, had four tackles and an 80.5 tackling grade by Pro Football Focus. 

 

Dalton Schultz. Photo by Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports.

Dallas starting tight end Dalton Schultz had a game-high six receptions for 74 yards in the Cowboys' 49-29 victory over the visiting Chicago Bears. His receiving yardage was the second-highest on the team and included a 30-yard connection from QB Dak Prescott. 

New England's Jake Bailey had four punts for a 40.8 average, with two inside the 20, in a 22-17 victory at the New York Jets. For the Jets, starting offensive guard Nate Herbig did not allow a sack, a hit, or a hurry in 43 pass-blocking snaps. New York defensive tackle Solomon Thomas had a solo tackle. 

 

Davis Mills. Photo by Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports.

Houston rookie defensive tackle Thomas Booker made his first career start and had two solo tackles in the Texans' 17-10 loss to visiting Tennessee. Teammate Davis Mills, the Texans' starting quarterback, completed 17 of 29 passes for 152 yards and a touchdown. For the Titans, tight end Austin Hooper had one catch for five yards. 

 

Zach Ertz scores. Photo by Brad Rempel/USA TODAY Sports.

Arizona starting tight end Zach Ertz had four receptions for 34 yards, including a tackle-busting 8-yard touchdown pass from Kyler Murray in the Cardinals' 34-26 loss at Minnesota. The Vikings got four tackles, including a 7-yard sack, and a QB hurry from starting defensive tackle Harrison Phillips

 

Bobby Okereke. Photo by Robert Scheer/USA TODAY Sports.

Indianapolis starting inside linebacker Bobby Okereke had eight tackles in a 17-16 loss to visiting Washington.

 

Casey Toohill recovers a fumble. Photo by Indianapolis Star.

For the Commanders, defensive end Casey Toohill had a fumble recovery and QB hurry in the loss to the Colts.  

 

Trenton Irwin (middle). Photo by Albert Cesare/USA TODAY Sports.

Cincinnati receiver Trenton Irwin had two catches for 27 yards in his season debut during the Bengals' 32-13 road loss at Cleveland on Monday Night. Teammate Michael Thomas had one special teams tackle.

Atlanta starting center Drew Dalman played all 67 offensive snaps in the Falcons' 37-34 overtime victory over visiting Carolina. 

Jacksonville offensive tackle Walker Little played three special teams snaps in the Jaguars' 21-17 loss to Denver in London. 

 

Colby Parkinson. Photo by Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports. 

Seattle tight end Colby Parkinson had a catch for five yards in the Seahawks' 27-13 victory over the visiting New York Giants. 

Kansas City safety Justin Reid had a bye. Denver offensive tackle Cameron Fleming was inactive with a quad injury. Seattle receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, L.A. Chargers offensive tackle Foster Sarell, and Atlanta tight end Tucker Fisk were on practice squads. Carolina defensive end Henry Anderson, Dallas receiver Simi Fehoko, and New England running back Ty Montgomery were on injured reserve.