Can Christian McCaffrey take down this 58-year-old NFL record by Week 11?

Christian McCaffrey set the franchise record for consecutive games with a touchdown at 13, but can he take a shot at the NFL record?
Arizona Cardinals v San Francisco 49ers
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Christian McCaffrey hasn't been with the 49ers for a calendar year but already holds an impressive franchise record. Can he take a tilt at the NFL record for most consecutive games with a touchdown?

This isn't exactly a hot take, but Christian McCaffrey stole the show with his four touchdowns against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, leading the way as the San Francisco 49ers defeated their divisional rivals 35-16 in a game that was closer than the final score suggested.

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With the first of his touchdowns, McCaffrey set a franchise record with 13 consecutive games with at least one score, taking the record from the best Niners player ever in wide receiver Jerry Rice.

Pretty impressive, given McCaffrey hasn't been on the team for 12 months yet.

While McCaffrey has his sights firmly on helping the 49ers keep their winning streak going, it still doesn't mean that fans and analysts will wonder how far McCaffrey can keep this streak going and if he can break the NFL record.

What is the NFL record for consecutive games with a touchdown? Can Christian McCaffrey break it?

What is the record?

Well, it's an old one that's only been matched once and predates the Super Bowl. Yes, that old. There's also a bit of controversy, depending on how you define "consecutive."

Legendary Baltimore Colts running back and Hall of Famer Lenny Moore holds the record, having scored in 18 consecutive games ranging from 1963 to 1965. The record has been matched by another member of Canton in running back LaDainian Tomlinson who tied the record in games ranging to 2004 and 2005.

There's some controversy about who holds the award, however, as Moore missed five games in the timeframe while Tomlinson did not. So it could be said that Moore's streak wasn't consecutive in the proper sense as opposed to Tomlinson's.

For simplicity, we'll give Moore the nod as the initial holder, not to mention that breaking an older record is much cooler.

So, in short, McCaffrey must score at least until Week 10 to tie the record (the 49ers' bye week is Week 9), and Week 11 to claim the record for his own. If he does it, the tying touchdown will come at the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the record breaker would be in front of the 49ers Faithful against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Start the countdown, it's officially time to see if McCaffrey can keep his record-breaking form going and claim a longstanding record for his own.

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