Kyle Williams isn’t the only 49ers player who looks at this week’s game with the Giants as a chance at redemption.
From top to bottom of the 49ers roster, there’s a pain that came with last year’s loss in the NFC Championship Game that they can’t shake.
That feeling ruined what was a remarkable turnaround season for the 49ers, killing the joy of a seven-win improvement. For long-timers such as Frank Gore, who were making their first playoff appearance, the sting is still there.
It was so bad Gore skipped the perk most players dream of — a trip to the Pro Bowl.
“I didn’t want to be around football for a little bit,” Gore said. “When you get that close and you feel like you’re the better team and it didn’t happen for you, it’s real tough. It took a while to get over.”
A win Sunday would help. But only a true rematch in January would salve some of the wounds.