Shanahan details 49ers’ efforts to secure McCaffrey record-breaking TD originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area
A noteworthy storyline from the 49ers’ 34-3 thumping of the Jacksonville Jaguars was Kyle Shanahan’s concerted effort to get Christian McCaffrey a record-breaking touchdown when the game already was well out of hand late in the second half.
During a sitdown with Greg Papa for NBC Sports Bay Area’s “49ers Game Plan,” Shanahan explained how invested the entire team was to get McCaffrey an opportunity to etch his name in the NFL record books while jokingly blaming tight end George Kittle for taking a scoring opportunity away with his 66-yard touchdown reception.
“It’s unbelievable. Such a big deal doing that,” Shanahan said. “No one has really been a part of that [since] some people were with Lenny Moore. It was really amazing last year, and then it continued with this year. It’s not something you ever think about, until these last couple weeks it kind of hit me. He scored earlier in games, so you forget about it pretty quick. If we’re going to get down there with that record and stuff, we were going to give him a shot. But I blame [George] Kittle for scoring from too far out. Should have taken a knee at the one.
Kittle wasn’t the only one of McCaffrey’s teammates to receive some blame from Shanahan, as the 49ers coach also lightheartedly named fullback Kyle Juszczyk as the main culprit preventing the record from being broken.”
“I without a doubt, blame Kyle [Juszczyk] because he told me before that drive as he was running out, ‘Hey, remember we’ve got to get Christian in,’ Shanahan explained. “And as I was looking at my call sheet, I’m like, ‘I’m on it, dude. I’m working to do it’ I actually called that play [Juszczyk’s touchdown] thinking we could get it inside the 10 or five, and then it was going to be time to try for Christian. Then Kyle is the one who runs in the end zone. He runs to the sideline and tells me, ‘I thought I was already in there … I…
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Publish date : 2023-11-18 05:00:06
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