This was a very difficult loss for the 49ers, who were mere plays away from their first Super Bowl appearance in almost 20 years. The New York Giants escaped Candlestick Park and went on to defeat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. The 49ers were obviously left with a bad taste in their mouth, especially wide receiver and returner Kyle Williams.
Williams assumed the return duties late in the season with Ted Ginn Jr. sidelined by injury. Whether it was the rain, bad decision-making or maybe it just wasn't in the cards, Williams turned the ball over to the Giants twice. And the second time, it gave New York the game.
The young, heavy-hearted receiver was cast out by 49ers fans but not the team. In an attempt to rebound, Williams put together one of the more impressive offseasons in Santa Clara and has been making plays in 2012, earning back the trust of the Faithful.
Kyle Williams looked for Giants date when 49ers sked came out: "After what happened last year, I definitely want to get back at these guys."— Cam Inman (@CamInman) October 9, 2012
Williams seems fired up and ready for a crack at the team that nearly ended his career all too soon. He's going to want to gash this team as a returner, receiver or runner. And so far this year, Williams has looked very good when in possession of the football, so he should get his chances.
Last week against the Buffalo Bills, Williams displayed his big-play ability as a receiver. With the speedster lined up wide right, Williams took his defender deep, then made an adjustment to come back for the ball -- secured it, turned up field and finished with a touchdown.
Kyle Williams should be bringing some great energy this Sunday against the Giants. This could be a major redemption game for the young wide out.