The upcoming Week 13 showdown between the PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (10-1) and SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (8-3) carries significant weight as both teams, currently holding the top two seeds in the NFC, prepare to renew their rivalry. Set to unfold this Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET on FOX; this clash marks the first meeting since the Eagles secured a convincing 31-7 victory over the 49ers in the previous season's NFC Championship.
This matchup holds historical significance as it signifies the first NFC Championship rematch since the 1994 regular season when Dallas and San Francisco squared off following their 1993 NFC Championship encounter. Notably, this contest adds to the league's archives as the 11th Conference Championship rematch from the previous season in the Super Bowl era.
A victory for Philadelphia would propel them into elite company, making them only the second team in NFL history to secure at least 11 wins in the first 12 regular-season games in consecutive seasons, a feat previously achieved by the 1972-73 MIAMI DOLPHINS.
Eagles' quarterback JALEN HURTS has been a force to be reckoned with, currently tied for second in the league with an impressive 11 rushing touchdowns. Remarkably, he is the first quarterback in NFL history to achieve at least 10 rushing touchdowns in three consecutive seasons. Last week, Hurts notched his 11th career game with two or more rushing touchdowns, establishing a new record for quarterbacks.
In a bid to set a new milestone, Hurts aims to become the first quarterback in NFL history with multiple rushing touchdowns in three consecutive games should he find the end zone twice on Sunday.
On the other side, San Francisco's running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY boasts a league-leading 16 scrimmage touchdowns, comprising 11 rushing and five receiving. Since entering the NFL in 2017, McCaffrey has amassed an impressive total of 49 rushing touchdowns and 27 touchdown receptions.
McCaffrey has an opportunity to etch his name alongside Pro Football Hall of Famers MARSHALL FAULK and LENNY MOORE, standing as the only players in NFL history with at least 50 rushing touchdowns and 25 touchdown receptions, provided he adds a rushing touchdown on Sunday.
Meanwhile, New Orleans running back ALVIN KAMARA is also on the brink of achieving this rare milestone with 51 career rushing touchdowns and 23 touchdown receptions. Kamara could further solidify his status with two touchdown receptions against Detroit on FOX Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
The distinguished players in NFL history with at least 50 rushing touchdowns and 25 touchdown receptions are the esteemed duo of Marshall FaulkHOF and Lenny MooreHOF, joined by the dynamic contemporary talents of Alvin Kamara and Christian McCaffrey. The impending matchup promises to be a battle between two NFC powerhouses and an opportunity for individual players to etch their names into the annals of NFL history.
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