NFL week 8 recap: Christian McCaffrey does it all in 49ers’ win over Rams

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Rob Issa, FISM News



Christian McCaffrey did it all for the San Francisco 49ers in his second game for his new team.

The star running back threw a touchdown pass, caught one, and ran in for one in San Francisco’s 31-14 victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

McCaffrey became the fourth player with a TD pass, rushing TD, and TD reception in the same game since 1970, joining Walter Payton, LaDainian Tomlinson, and David Patten. The 49ers acquired McCaffrey from Carolina in a trade on Oct. 20.

“I think the biggest thing is coming out with a win, and playing the second half like that, too,” McCaffrey said. “I think the thing I’m most happy about is just this whole team welcoming me in with open arms.” 

McCaffrey, the son of former NFL wide receiver Ed McCaffrey, was a first-round pick out of Stanford in 2017. His Christian faith has been a foundation for him throughout his career.

“My favorite books in the Bible are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, just because they’re all a different perspective of Jesus’ life,” McCaffrey told Insider last year. “Whether you believe in it or not, the kind of person he was, it gives perspective on how we all should live.”

NFL Week 8 Roundup

Eagles 35, Steelers 13

Jalen Hurts threw four TD passes, including three to A.J. Brown in the first half, and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 35-13 to improve to 7-0.

Seahawks 27, Giants 13

Geno Smith tossed two TD passes to lead the Seattle Seahawks to a 27-13 win over the New York Giants. Seattle’s defense held Saquon Barkley to a season-low 53 yards rushing as the Giants saw their four-game winning streak snapped.

Falcons 37, Panthers 34

Younghoe Koo kicked a 41-yard field goal in overtime to lift the Atlanta Falcons to a 37-34 victory over Carolina. Panthers kicker Eddy Piñeiro missed a pair of kicks that would’ve won it, including a 48-yard extra point in the final minute of regulation after D.J. Moore caught a 62-yard TD pass. Moore’s unsportsmanlike penalty pushed the extra point 15 yards back. Piñeiro then missed a 32-yard field goal in overtime.

Cowboys 49, Bears 29

Tony Pollard ran for 131 yards and three TDs and Dak Prescott threw for two TDs and ran for another, helping the Dallas Cowboys cruise past the Chicago Bears 49-29.

Vikings 34, Cardinals 26

Kirk Cousins passed for two scores and ran for another, Dalvin Cook rushed for a season-high 111 yards and a touchdown, and the Minnesota Vikings defeated the Arizona Cardinals 34-26.

Patriots 22, Jets 17

Devin McCourty had two of New England’s three interceptions of Zach Wilson, Nick Folk kicked five field goals and the Patriots beat the New York Jets 22-17. Patriots coach Bill Belichick earned his 325th win, including playoffs, to pass George Halas for second place on the NFL’s career coaching victories list. Only Don Shula has more with 347.

Commanders 17, Colts 16

Taylor Heinicke scored on a sneak from the 1-yard line with 22 seconds left after Terry McLaurin wrestled the ball away from Stephon Gilmore for a 33-yard catch, and the Washington Commanders rallied for a 17-16 win against the Indianapolis Colts. The Commanders have won three in a row.

Dolphins 31, Lions 27

Tua Tagovailoa threw for 382 yards and three TDs, including the go-ahead score to Mike Gesicki late in the third quarter, bringing the Miami Dolphins back from a double-digit, second-half deficit in a 31-27 win over the Detroit Lions. Tagovailoa is 5-0 in games this season that he has finished. He missed 2 1/2 games after suffering a concussion.

Titans 17, Texans 10

Derrick Henry ran for 219 yards and two TDs to carry the Tennessee Titans to a 17-10 win over the Houston Texans. Backup quarterback Malik Willis, starting for the injured Ryan Tannehill, only threw 10 passes as Henry earned his fourth straight 200-yard game against the Texans.

Broncos 21, Jaguars 17

Latavius Murray scored on a 2-yard TD run late in the fourth quarter and Russell Wilson led two go-ahead scoring drives in the second half, giving the Denver Broncos a 21-17 comeback win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in London. 

Saints 24, Raiders 0

Alvin Kamara had two TD catches and ran for a score and the New Orleans Saints shut out the Las Vegas Raiders 24-0. 

Bills 27, Packers 17

Josh Allen threw two touchdowns and the Buffalo Bills extended Green Bay’s losing streak to four games with a 27-17 victory. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers haven’t been 3-5 since 2006 when Brett Favre was still in Green Bay.