Kyle Williams' Mistakes Among Worst Special Teams Performances in NFL History

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIJanuary 22, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22:  Kyle Williams #10 of the San Francisco 49ers reacts after he fumbled the ball on a punt return which the New York Giants recovered in overtime during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Well, Kyle Williams fumbled away the San Francisco 49ers chance of going to the Super Bowl—In fact, he fumbled it away twice.

The San Francisco return man, who happened to be filling in for the injured Ted Ginn Jr., fumbled a punt return twice—one which resulted in an Eli Manning touchdown pass to Mario Manningham in the fourth quarter, while the other resulted in Lawrence Tynes' 31-yard game-winning field goal in overtime.

Should we feel bad for Kyle Williams? That question will forever remain unanswered. 

The second-year man out of Arizona State really had the worst possibly game that anyone could have had—or at least the worst special teams performance in NFL history. 

I hate to put the blame all on one guy, but most of it falls on Williams. He had the biggest effect on the game and should have been ultimately named the team's Most Valuable Player, as he practically won the NFC Championship for the New York Giants

Let's put it this way: Williams will be forever remembered as having one of the worst special teams performances in NFL history on a team that thrived on never turning the ball over.

All season long the 49ers had only 10 giveaways, with just one of those being on special teams—well, they had two today and both were on special teams. 

Williams had only fielded punts twice this season and his inexperience showed—so should the blame be mostly put on Williams or should some of it fall on the coaching staff?

Either way—Kyle Williams is living a nightmare but it's time to look on the bright side of how truly remarkable the 2011 season was for the San Francisco 49ers. 


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