There are plenty of players on both the 49ers and Giants who remember last year’s 20-17 Giants win in the NFC Championship Game, but it is hard to imagine that the memory of the game burns hotter for anyone than it does for 49ers wide receiver Kyle Williams.
Williams fumbled two punts that the Giants recovered and turned into points in that game, including the game-winning field goal in overtime. Williams wound up getting death threats from unhinged “fans” of the team and there were a lot of questions this offseason about his ability to get past the mistakes. The 49ers stuck with him all the while, he’s done a good job as a returner when Ted Ginn is out of the lineup and caught a long touchdown pass from Alex Smith in last Sunday’s rout of the Bills.
Now Williams is getting another chance to face the team that helped cause the worst day of his professional career. The Giants come to Candlestick in Week Six and Williams admitted that he’s had the date circled on his calendar for a long time.
“After what happened last year, I definitely want to get back at these guys. … We look at it as if they had something we should have had,” Williams said, via Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group and Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.
We would go with the Giants having something that the 49ers could have had because it’s hard to argue that the 49ers should have won the game after Williams’ fumbles. That’s all the more reason for Williams to pay special attention to this weekend’s game, something he’ll share with the NFL viewing public who are sure to be watching the marquee game on Sunday afternoon.