Christian McCaffrey has put on a dominant performance in the first half of Thursday Night Football. Let's take a look at what he has done thus far.
At the end of the first half of the Thursday Night Football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants, one player stood out above the rest.
That player is running back Christian McCaffrey.
In one half of action on prime time, he carried the ball 10 times for 61 yards and had one touchdown. Also, throw in another three receptions for 26 yards to round out his stat line.
The G-Men defense has yet to have any answers for him. The height of his first-half performance was really his 17-yard reception on 3rd-and-13 to convert a big first down. And while quarterback Brock Purdy had some early first-half struggles, McCaffrey was more than willing to step up when needed.
His play really is a microcosm of the offense of the 49ers as a whole. They are firing on all cylinders; the 17-6 score at the half speaks volumes to that as does their almost two to one time of possession.
On the other hand, the Giants defense is having a very forgettable performance. On a night in which injuries have kept a number of players out of the game, the Giants needed more from their defense, who gave up scores on three of four drives they've been on the field for.
There will definitely be some harsh words from head coach Brian Daboll to his defense during the half. He will need to get them to correct their mistakes but also try to pump some life into the team with some motivational words.
It's only been one half, but we will see if any halftime adjustments lead to a different direction in the second half or more of the same.
As it stands though, through two quarters, McCaffrey gets the first-half MVP award.