SURPASSES 100 RECEIVING YARDS IN FIRST PLAYOFF GAME Apparently, McCaffrey shrugs off playoff pressure as easily as would-be tacklers in open spaces. A noted big-game performer in college, he did much of the same in the first (and so far only) playoff game of his NFL career. In a 31–26 loss at New Orleans during Wild Card Weekend in the first week of January 2018, he corralled six passes for 101 yards and a huge late touchdown that kept the Panthers in the game. The highlight of his day, which embodied his game-changing explosiveness, was the touchdown he scored, a magnificent 56-yard catch and dash: he lined up behind quarterback Cam Newton; looped out of the backfield on the snap; faked stepping outside and instead cut inside to
createspace fromNew Orleans linebacker Craig Robertson, who had the impossible assignment of trying to cover him; caught Newton’s toss as his cleats hit midfield; and outran a group of Saints defenders to the end zone.
McCaffrey had 101 receiving yards in his first playoff appearance in a 2017 loss at New Orleans.
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