On Sunday, San Francisco 49ers’ running back Christian McCaffrey became the first player since 2005 to run for, throw for, and catch a touchdown in the same game. The accomplishment came against the Los Angeles Rams, lifting the 49ers to a convincing 31-14 victory in Week 8.
It was quite the showing for Christian McCaffrey, who was playing in just his second game with the 49ers – the Carolina Panthers traded him for a slew of picks on October 20. He was on a mission to prove he can be the missing piece for this San Francisco offense – which he was.
Christian McCaffrey finished the game with 94 rushing yards on 18 attempts, 55 yards receiving on 8 catches (9 targets), and 34 yards passing – scoring a passing, rushing, and receiving TD in the process. He now has 525 rushing yards, 356 receiving yards, and 5 total TDs this season.
Christian McCaffrey Isn’t the First Athlete to Shock the Sports World
What Christian McCaffrey did on Sunday afternoon was nothing short of incredible – in fact, it hasn’t been done since 2005 and has only been done four times since 1970. LaDainian Tomlinson was the last to accomplish the trifecta, doing so against the Raiders in 2005.
The other two players to score a passing, rushing, and receiving TD in the same game are David Patten (against the Colts in 2001) and Walter Payton (against the Vikings in 1979). Due to its extreme rarity, we should embrace and celebrate what Christian McCaffrey did on Sunday.
It’s moments like this that make the sports world so interesting, exciting, unique, and worth following. Sure, what Christian McCaffrey did was rare, but sports fans are blessed with these types of moments on the regular – here are some of the most memorable through the years.
20. Pete Rose – 4,256 Hits
Pete Rose spent 24 years in the major leagues. During that time, he recorded 4,256 hits – the most in MLB history. He’s also the all-time leader in games played, plate appearances, and at-bats. He’s a 17-time All-Star, former MVP, and three-time World Series champion.
To put his 4,256 hits in perspective, Miguel Cabrera is the active leader with 3,088 hits and Robinson Cano is the next closest at 2,639 hits – both players are in the tail end of their career. Not only that, but only one other MLB player has recorded more than 4,000 hits – Ty Cobb.
19. Aaron Judge – Single-Season Home Runs
Aaron Judge just had a career year with the New York Yankees, breaking the American League record for most home runs in a single season with 62 home runs in 2022. The previous record holder was Roger Maris, who hit 61 home runs with the Yankees in 1961. It was a historic and exciting season in NYC.
Judge came close to winning his first Triple Crown, which would’ve made the season that much sweeter. He finished the year with a .311 batting average and led the major leagues with 131 runs batted in and 133 runs scored. Who knows when we’ll see another season as dominant as the one Judge had in 2022.
18. Hack Wilson – Single-Season RBIs
Speaking of dominant seasons, let’s talk about the one Hack Wilson had in 1930 with the Chicago Cubs. He was coming off four straight seasons with at least 100 RBIs and led the MLB in that category with 159 RBIs in 1929. What he did in 1930 was even more impressive – recording a record 191 runs batted in.
Wilson finished the season with 208 hits and also led the major leagues in home runs with 56. He went on to record 1,063 RBIs over a 12-year career in the MLB, but he’ll forever be remembered as the player that hit more RBIs in a single season than any other player in MLB history. Will his record ever be broken?
17. Simone Biles – World Championships
Simone Biles has won 25 World Championship medals since bursting onto the scene in 2013 – the most of any other female in gymnastics history. The next closest is Svetlana Khorkina, who won 20 World Championship medals between 1994 and 2003. 14 other gymnasts have won at least 10 medals.
What’s even more shocking than that is the fact that 19 of her medals were gold medals. To put that into perspective, the next closest was Khorkina with nine gold medals – Gina Gogean and Larisa Latynina also won nine. Not only that, but she may not be done adding to her impressive resume at 25 years old.
16. Tiger Woods – No. 1 Player
Will we ever see a golfer dominate the game for as long as Tiger Woods did? I mean, this is a golfer who spent a total of 683 weeks as the No. 1 player in the world – the most in PGA Tour history. Greg Norman is the next closest golfer, registering 331 weeks as the No. 1 player in the world – less than half of Woods.
Not only that, but he had two impressive stretches where he spent 264 consecutive weeks (1999-2004) and a record 281 consecutive weeks (2005-2010) as the No. 1 player in the world. Norman is the next closest golfer, spending 96 consecutive weeks at No. 1 between 1995 and 1997 – not even close to Tiger.
15. Serena Williams – Major Wins
Between 1999 and 2017, Serena Williams won a total of 23 major titles – she won the Australian Open seven times, French Open three times, the Wimbledon seven times, and the U.S. Open six times. Her 23 majors is the most by any tennis player in the Open era – Rafael Nadal and Steffi Graf each have 22.
Margaret Court is the only tennis player with more major wins than Williams – she has 24, but only 11 of them came in the Open era. If you look at active female tennis players, Venus Williams has the most titles at seven. Naomi Osaka has four majors and Iga Swiatek has three – they have a long way to go.
14. John Stockton – Assists and Steals
John Stockton is one of the greatest point guards of all-time – he currently has the most steals (3,265) and assists (15,806) in NBA history. He led the league in assists nine years in a row and led the league in steals twice. I’m not sure if we’ll ever see another player record more assists or steals – let alone both.
To put his greatness into perspective, Stockton has 581 more steals than the next closest player (Jason Kidd) and 3,715 more assists than the next closest player (also Jason Kidd). Chris Paul is the active leader in assists at 11,054 over his career – he’s also the active leader in steals with 2,466 since 2005.
13. LaDainian Tomlinson – Single-Season Touchdowns
The early 2000s were a great time to be a running back – we saw four backs between 2000 and 2006 break the record for most touchdowns in a single season. Marshall Faulk scored 26 touchdowns in 2000, Priest Holmes scored 27 touchdowns in 2003, and Shaun Alexander scored 28 touchdowns in 2005.
Of course, none of them did what LaDainian Tomlinson did in 2006 – totaling 31 touchdowns as a member of the San Diego Chargers. He finished the season with 1,815 rushing yards and 508 receiving yards (56 catches). He was named MVP and Offensive Player of the Year for his impressive campaign.
12. Cal Ripken Jr. – Games Played Streak
Making it to the MLB is a tough task for any baseball player, but maintaining that career over a long period of time is a whole different story. That’s what makes Cal Ripken Jr.’s games played streak so incredible – the shortstop played in 2,632 consecutive games between May 30, 1982 and September 19, 1998.
Only one other player in MLB history has a streak above 2,000 – Lou Gehrig played in 2,130 straight games. The next closest is Everett Scott with 1,307 straight games played. Today, players are injured so often and others simply don’t stick around long enough to even come close to Cal Ripken Jr.’s record.
11. Joe DiMaggio – Hit Streak
Staying in the realm of baseball, let’s talk about Joe DiMaggio and his incredible hit streak. The Hall of Fame baseball player recorded at least one hit in 56 straight games between May 15 and July 16 – hitting an incredible .406 during that span. It remains one of the most unbreakable records in sports to this day.
DiMaggio’s hitting streak surpassed the previous record, which was set by Willie Keeler of the Baltimore Orioles between 1896 and 1897 – he had a hit in 44 straight games. Pete Rose also recorded a 44-game hitting streak in 1978. Bill Dahlen (42), George Sisler (41), and Ty Cobb (40) also had notable streaks.
10. Cy Young – Wins and Complete Games
Every year, two pitchers are awarded the Cy Young Award for having the most wins – one in the AL and one in the NL. In case you were wondering why they named the award after Cy Young, it’s because he has the most wins in MLB history with 511 over his career – 94 more wins than the next closest pitcher.
Not only that, but Young finished his career with 749 complete games – an impossible number in today’s MLB, considering the way the game is played now. The next closest pitcher is Pud Galvin, who had 646 over his career – 103 less than Young. Only five other pitchers have more than 500 complete games.
9. Russell Westbrook – Triple-Doubles
On May 10, 2021, Washington Wizards’ guard Russell Westbrook had 28 points, 13 rebounds, and 21 assists against the Atlanta Hawks. It was the 182nd triple double of his career, breaking the all-time record once held by Oscar Robertson. Today, Westbrook is sitting at 194 triple doubles and counting.
The next closest player behind Robertson was Magic Johnson at 138 triple doubles and the next closest active player is LeBron James at 104 triple doubles. Nikola Jokic is sitting with 78, James Harden has 69, and Luka Doncic has 48. Westbrook also holds a record with triple doubles in 11 consecutive games.
8. Rickey Henderson – Stolen Bases
No baseball player has ever been able to perfect the stolen base as well as Rickey Henderson – he’s the greatest to ever do it. He stole 1,406 bases over his 25-year career in the major leagues, which is 468 more than the next closest player (Lou Brock). Henderson led the league in stolen bases 12 times.
He’s also one of two players to have three seasons of at least 100 stolen bases, including a modern record 130 stolen bases in 1982. The only player with more in a single season is Hugh Nichol, who had 138 stolen bases in 1887. Henderson is also the all-time leader in runs scored with 2,295 in his career.
7. Michael Phelps – Olympic Medals
No athlete has had more success at the Olympics than Michael Phelps. Between 2004 and 2016, he won 28 Olympic swimming medals – 23 of which were gold medals. He was in a league of his own, rarely coming up short and almost always winning by a large margin. It was an exciting time for swimming.
Alright, let’s talk about the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He was entered into eight events and went home with eight gold medals, setting a new world record for most gold medals in a single Olympics. He also holds the third-most (6 in 2004) and eighth-most (5 in 2016). There will never be another Phelps.
6. Steph Curry – Three-Point Shooting
Before Steph Curry, everyone agreed that Reggie Miller and Ray Allen were the two greatest shooters of all-time. When Steph started to hit threes with ease, he started to challenge Miller and Allen for the title. Today, there’s no question or doubt behind the fact that Curry is the GOAT – he’s from another planet.
Curry has made 3,155 three pointers in just 894 games – for reference, Allen had 2,973 three-pointers in 1,300 games and Miller had 2,560 three-pointers in 1,389 games. Curry holds the record for most consecutive games with a three-pointer (197) and also has the second-longest streak at 157 games.
5. Wilt Chamberlain – Scoring
The NBA will never see another player that could score at the volume, rate, and consistency that Wilt Chamberlain did in the 1960s. He averaged 50.4 points per game during the 1961-62 season and put up 30.1 points per game over his career. He also averaged 22.9 rebounds over his legendary 14-year career.
Perhaps his most telling accomplishment occurred on March 2, 1962 when Chamberlain scored 100 points against the New York Knicks – his team put up a total of 169 points in the win. It was the second time Chamberlain broke the single-game scoring record, putting up 78 points earlier in the season.
4. Bill Russell – Championships
There’s a good chance we’ll never see a winner like Bill Russell ever again – even Tom Brady doesn’t have as many championships as him. Russell retired with 11 rings on his fingers (and toe) and the only athlete that can say the same is Henri Richard – who won 11 Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens.
What’s even more impressive about Russell’s 11 championships is the fact that he only played 13 seasons in the NBA – Richard spent 20 years in the NHL. Russell averaged 15.1 points, 22.5 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game – he served as a player-coach for two of the Celtics’ championship wins.
3. Nolan Ryan – No Hitters
We talked about Cy Young and his wins/complete games, but now let’s shine a light on Nolan Ryan and his seven career no-hitters. Keep in mind, there are only 35 pitchers who have thrown more than one no-hitter in their career and only two to throw more than three – Sandy Koufax threw four in his career.
Ryan threw two no-hitters in 1973 and threw at least one in three straight seasons between 1973 and 1975. He also threw one in 1981, 1990, and 1991. Justin Verlander is the closest active player, having thrown three no-hitters in 2007, 2011, and most recently in 2019. Several other active pitchers have two.
2. Tom Brady – Super Bowls
Bill Russell and his 11 championships is legendary, but let’s talk about someone who has achieved dominant status more recently. Tom Brady won seven Super Bowls between 2001 and 2021 – including another three Super Bowl appearances that ended in a loss. Those numbers are unheard of in the NFL.
To put his titles into perspective, that’s not only more than any other player in NFL history – it’s more than any other franchise in NFL history. He helped lead the Patriots to a record six Super Bowl wins, which tied the Pittsburgh Steelers. His Super Bowl win with the Buccaneers in 2021 set him apart once and for all.
1. Wayne Gretzky – Career Points
Wayne Gretzky is the most dominant hockey player in NHL history. He spent 20 seasons in the league, recording 894 goals, 1,963 assists, and 2,857 points in 1,487 career games played. He had at least 100 points in 16 different seasons – including at least 200 four of those seasons. He loved racking up points.
His 894 goals is 93 more than the next closest player (Gordie Howe) and 109 more than the closest active player (Alex Ovechkin). His 1,963 assists is 714 more than the next closest person (Ron Francis) and his 2,857 points is 936 more than the next closest player (Jaromir Jagr). Gretzky is the GOAT.
What Might Christian McCaffrey Do Next?
Christian McCaffrey is one of the most athletic and talented running backs in all of football – he’s a threat to opposing defenses every single time he steps foot on the football field. Unfortunately, he has been riddled with injuries in recent years, only playing 10 games in 2020 and 2021.
It’s a new year, though – and apparently, a new McCaffrey. He looked effective in six games with the Panthers, totaling 670 yards (393 rushing, 277 receiving) and three touchdowns. He now has 211 all-purpose yards and three total touchdowns with the 49ers through just two games.
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So, what’s next for Christian McCaffrey? To be honest, the sky’s the limit – so long as he can stay healthy. We’ve seen what he’s capable of when at full-strength – totaling 4,357 all-purpose yards, 22 rushing TDs, and 10 receiving TDs in 32 games during the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
Travis Kelce Scores 4 Touchdowns vs. Oakland Raiders; Here Are 20 Other NFL Players to Score 4 Touchdowns in a Single Game
During a Monday Night Football game on October 10, Kansas City Chiefs’ tight end Travis Kelce became one of the latest NFL players to score four touchdowns in a single game. He accomplished the incredible feat against the Las Vegas Raiders – the Chiefs won 30-29.
What was even more incredible than his four touchdowns was the fact he did so with just 25 yards receiving. All seven of his catches against the Raiders were from eight yards out or less – he did have a 10-yard catch, but it was called back due to an illegal motion penalty on Kelce.
All in all, Travis Kelce scored a one-yard TD in the second quarter, a four-yard and eight-yard TD in the third quarter, and another one-yard TD in the fourth quarter – giving his team a 30-23 lead. He also had a four-yard, six-yard, and one-yard catch – none of which amounted to a TD.
Other NFL Players to Score 4 Touchdowns in a Single Game
While Travis Kelce finished with one of the weirdest stat lines of the 2022 regular season so far, his four touchdowns is something that doesn’t happen very often – even three touchdowns is hard to accomplish. Nonetheless, he joins a highly-exclusive list of other NFL players to do it.
In fact, there are 16 NFL players that have scored more than four touchdowns in a game – a list that includes two active NFL players in Jonathan Taylor (5 TDs vs. Bills in 2021) and Alvin Kamara (6 TDs vs. Vikings in 2020). Gale Sayers and Dub Jones also scored six in a game.
With that said, we’re going to take a look at some of the NFL players that are now joined by Travis Kelce in scoring four touchdowns in a single game – and if you stick around, we’ll give you the 12 NFL players that join Jonathan Taylor in scoring five touchdowns in a single game.
(There have been nearly 150 instances where an NFL player scored 4 TDs in a single game since 1950 – these are 20 of the most recent NFL players to do so, some more than once).
20. Leonard Fournette in 2021
On November 28, 2021, Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ running back Leonard Fournette scored four touchdowns against the Indianapolis Colts in a 38-31 last-minute thriller victory. He scored a one-yard rushing TD, four-yard passing TD, four-yard rushing TD, and 28-yard rushing TD.
Fournette finished the game with 100 rushing yards on 17 attempts and 31 yards and seven receptions (eight targets) – three of his TDs coming on the ground and one TD through the air. His 28-yard rushing TD came with 20 seconds left and was the game-winner for Tampa Bay.
19. Austin Ekeler in 2021
On November 21, 2021, Los Angeles Chargers’ running back Austin Ekeler scored four TDs against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a thrilling 41-37 victory on the road. He scored a six-yard rushing TD, 10-yard passing TD, 17-yard passing TD, and five-yard rushing TD in the win.
Ekeler finished the game with 50 rushing yards and two rushing TDs on 11 attempts – adding seven targets, six receptions, 65 yards, and two touchdowns through the air. Meanwhile, for the Steelers, they saw four different players score a touchdown, despite coming down with a loss.
18. Aaron Jones in 2021 and 2019
On October 6, 2021, Green Bay Packers’ running back Aaron Jones scored four touchdowns against the Dallas Cowboys in a 34-24 victory – three of those TDs coming in the first half and all of which coming on the ground. He finished with 107 rushing yards on 19 attempts and 75 receiving yards on seven catches.
On September 20, 2021, Jones did it again when he scored four touchdowns against the Detroit Lions in a 35-17 victory – he scored a touchdown in each quarter of the game. He finished with 67 rushing yards on 17 attempts and 48 yards on six catches. I wouldn’t be surprised if he does it again this season.
17. Dalvin Cook in 2020
On November 1, 2020, Minnesota Vikings’ running back Dalvin Cook scored four touchdowns vs. the Green Bay Packers in a 28-22 road win that came down to the final two minutes. He scored a 21-yard rushing TD, one-yard rushing TD, one-yard rushing TD, and a monster 50-yard receiving TD in the game.
Cook went on to finish the game with 163 rushing yards on 30 attempts and 63 yards on two receptions – three of his TDs came on the ground and he even scored three TDs in a 10-minute span. He scored with 31 seconds left in the first half, then with five minutes into the second half, and again four minutes later.
16. Chase Claypool in 2020
On October 11, 2020, Pittsburgh Steelers’ wide receiver Chase Claypool scored four touchdowns vs. the Philadelphia Eagles in a 38-29 victory at home – he’s one of the few wide receivers on this list. He scored in each quarter of the game, including a 32-yard TD catch and a 35-yard TD catch from Big Ben.
Claypool would finish the game with six rushing yards on three attempts – as well as a two-yard TD – and seven catches on 11 targets for 110 receiving yards. He scored all but one of his team’s touchdowns – James Conner had the other – which is an incredible accomplishment for a team scoring 38 points.
15. Kenyan Drake in 2019
On December 15, 2019, Arizona Cardinals’ running back Kenyan Drake scored four touchdowns against the Cleveland Browns in a 38-24 victory at home – all of which coming on the ground. He scored back-to-back touchdowns to start the game, and then did it again in the third and fourth quarters.
Drake finished the game with 137 yards on 22 attempts – he only had one catch for nine yards. Browns’ wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones had a career day with two touchdowns receiving, but he only finished with three catches for 29 yards. All in all, Seals-Jones and Drake combined for six TDs on the day.
14. Tevin Coleman in 2019
On October 27, 2019, San Francisco 49ers’ running back Tevin Coleman exploded for four touchdowns against the Carolina Panthers in a 51-13 blowout at home – three of those TDs coming consecutively in the first and second quarter to give his team a 27-3 lead as both teams headed into halftime.
Coleman’s fourth touchdown would come with just 29 seconds left in the third quarter. He finished with 105 rushing yards on 11 carries and 13 receiving yards on two catches – three of his TDs came on the ground. Raheem Mostert, Deebo Samuel, and Emmanuel Sanders also scored for San Francisco.
13. Marvin Jones in 2019 and 2013
On October 27, 2013, Cincinnati Bengals’ wide receiver Marvin Jones scored four touchdowns against the New York Jets in a 49-9 blowout win at home. He finished the game with eight catches for 122 yards – all four of his TDs came in the red zone, but he did have a 45-yard catch in the game, as well.
Jones became the second player on this list to achieve the feat twice, scoring four TDs as a member of the Detroit Lions on October 20, 2019 – surprisingly, his team still lost. Jones finished the game with 10 catches for 93 yards. Again, all of his TDs came in the red zone. Both QBs in the game threw four TDs.
12. Derrick Henry in 2018
On December 6, 2018, Tennessee Titans’ running back Derrick Henry scored four touchdowns against the Jacksonville Jaguars in a 30-9 blowout on their home field. He scored from all over the football field – including a three-yard rushing TD, 99-yard rushing TD, 16-yard rushing TD, and a 54-yard rushing TD.
He finished the game with an astonishing 238 yards on 17 carries – just 59 yards shy of the all-time record for most rushing yards in a game (Adrian Peterson rushed for 296 yards in 2007. Henry scored the only four touchdowns in the game – both teams – with the only other scores being a field goal and safety.
11. Todd Gurley in 2017
On December 17, 2017, Los Angeles Rams’ running back Todd Gurley scored four touchdowns against the Seattle Seahawks in a 42-7 blowout – on the road, nonetheless. Two of the touchdowns came on the one-yard line, but he also broke off a 57-yard rush in the third quarter and a 14-yard pass in the fourth.
Gurley finished the game with 152 rushing yards on 21 attempts and 28 receiving yards on three catches – three of his TDs came on the ground. Robert Woods also scored for the Rams that evening, while Russell Wilson and Luke Wilson connected for the Seahawks’ lone touchdown late in the third quarter.
10. Danny Woodhead in 2015
On December 20, 2015, San Diego Chargers’ running back Danny Woodhead scored four touchdowns against the Miami Dolphins in a 30-14 Week 15 matchup at home. He scored a rushing TD from two yards out, adding three receiving TDs from Philip Rivers from 20 yards, nine yards, and nine yards out.
Woodhead finished the game with just 10 rushing yards on eight attempts and 50 receiving yards on six catches. He wasn’t racking up the yards, but he was making the most of his touches and did everything his team needed him to do – and then some. Keep in mind, he was the third RB on the depth chart.
9. Jonas Gray in 2014
On November 16, 2014, New England Patriots’ running back Jonas Gray had a career day when he scored four touchdowns against the Indianapolis Colts in a 42-20 win on the road. All four of his TDs came within four yards of the end zone, but he was wheeling and dealing as the team’s workhorse back.
Gray finished the monster game with an impressive 201 rushing yards on 37 attempts – he didn’t record a single catch. This is a player that only saw 16 games of action in the NFL, recording 671 yards from scrimmage and five total touchdowns. A strong majority of that production came in that game vs. Indy.
8. Marshawn Lynch in 2014
On November 9, 2014, Seattle Seahawks’ running back Marshawn Lynch scored four touchdowns vs. the New York Giants in a 38-17 win at home. His first three touchdowns all came within three yards of the endzone, but he finished the day with a 16-yard rushing TD with just eight minutes left in the game.
Lynch would go on to record 140 rushing yards on 21 attempts and also had a 23-yard reception – though he couldn’t turn it into a fifth touchdown. His quarterback, Russell Wilson, didn’t throw for a touchdown in this game, but he did add to the rushing attack with 107 yards and a touchdown on the ground himself.
7. Eric Decker in 2013
On December 1, 2013, Denver Broncos’ wide receiver Eric Decker scored four touchdowns against the Kansas City Chiefs in a 35-28 nail-biter at home. He caught a 41-yard pass TD, 37-yard pass TD, 15-yard pass TD, and one-yard pass TD – all of which coming from Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning.
Decker finished the game with eight catches (12 targets) for 174 yards and four touchdowns – an incredible stat line that had a lot of fantasy owners blushing. He also had a 42-yard catch in the second quarter. Not only that, but Manning threw a fifth touchdown to his running back, Knowshon Moreno.
6. Doug Martin in 2012
On November 4, 2012, Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ running back Doug Martin scored four touchdowns against the Oakland Raiders in a 42-32 high-scoring affair on the road – 36 points in total were scored in the fourth quarter, 12 of which coming from Martin. Three of his TDs came from at least 45 yards out.
All in all, Martin had a 45-yard, 67-yard, 70-yard, and one-yard touchdown in that game. He finished with an impressive 251 rushing yards on 25 attempts – adding 21 receiving yards on four catches in the win. On the other sideline, Carson Palmer threw for four touchdowns, but also threw three interceptions.
5. Maurice Jones-Drew in 2011
On December 11, 2011, Jacksonville Jaguars’ running back Maurice Jones-Drew scored four TDs vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a 41-14 blowout in front of home fans. All of his touchdowns came from within five yards and two of them came in the fourth quarter – another came with seconds left in the half.
Jones-Drew finished the day with 85 rushing yards and two rushing TDs on 27 attempts – adding 51 yards and two TDs on six catches. His team was down 14-0 halfway through the second quarter, but they scored two defensive TDs alongside Jones-Drew’s four TDs en route to 41 unanswered points.
4. Darren McFadden in 2010
On October 24, 2010, Oakland Raiders’ running back Darren McFadden scored four touchdowns vs. the Denver Broncos in a 59-14 blowout victory on the road. He had a four-yard rushing TD, 19-yard receiving TD, four-yard rushing TD, and 57-yard rushing TD in what was a monster day for the Raiders in Week 7.
McFadden finished the game with 165 yards and three TDs on 16 rushing attempts – adding 31 yards and one TD on two catches. His teammates, Michael Bush and Marcel Reece, also scored on the ground, while Zach Miller caught one for a TD. Knowshown Moreno had two TDs for Denver in the loss.
3. DeAngelo Williams in 2008 (twice)
On November 30, 2008, Carolina Panthers’ running back DeAngelo Williams scored four touchdowns against the Green Bay Packers in a 35-31 thrilling victory on the road. He finished the game with 72 yards and four TDs on 21 rushing attempts – adding 14 receiving yards on three catches through the air.
On December 21, 2008, Williams scored four touchdowns vs. the New York Giants in a 34-28 road loss – his second time accomplishing the feat that season. He finished the game with 108 rushing yards and four TDs on 24 attempts. Not only that, but Brandon Jacobs scored three touchdowns for the Giants.
2. Brian Westbrook in 2008
On November 27, 2008, Philadelphia Eagles’ running back Brian Westbrook scored four touchdowns against the Arizona Cardinals in a 48-20 victory in front of home fans. Three of his touchdowns came in the first 20 minutes of the game, with his fourth TD coming with six minutes left in the third quarter.
Westbrook finished the game with 110 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 22 attempts – adding 20 receiving yards and two touchdowns on three catches. DeSean Jackson and Jason Avant also scored for the Eagles, while Larry Fitzgerald hauled in two touchdowns from Kurt Warner for the Cardinals.
1. Michael Turner in 2008
On November 23, 2008, Atlanta Falcons’ running back Michael Turner scored four touchdowns against the Carolina Panthers in a 45-28 win in front of home fans. Three of his touchdowns came from within four yards of the endzone, but he had a 16-yard rush TD in the fourth quarter.
Turner finished the game with 117 rushing yards and four TDs on 24 attempts – he didn’t record a single reception. He was playing against DeAngelo Williams, who scored four TDs twice in this same season. Williams ended the day with 101 rushing yards and one touchdown in this one.
NFL Players With More Than 4 Touchdowns in a Single Game
Earlier, we promised to give you the 15 players that scored five touchdowns in a single game – it’s something that has been done 13 times, including Jonathan Taylor in 2021. Remember, there were also three NFL players – Jones, Sayers, Kamara – to score six TDs in a game.
The other 12 players to score more than 4 touchdowns in a game were Jamaal Charles, Jerry Rice, Clinton Portis, Shaun Alexander, James Stewart, Kerry Winslow, Paul Hornung, Jim Brown, Cookie Gilchrist, Billy Cannon, Abner Haynes, and Bob Shaw. They all scored five.
We should also highlight the 10 NFL players to score three touchdowns in a single game this season – including Nick Chubb, Stefon Diggs, Austin Ekeler, Taysom Hill, Mecole Hardman, Josh Jacobs, D’Onta Foreman, Tony Pollard, A.J. Brown, and Alvin Kamara.
- 0.1 Christian McCaffrey Isn’t the First Athlete to Shock the Sports World
- 0.2 What Might Christian McCaffrey Do Next?
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