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Special teams can sometimes be the difference in a win or loss. Despite wind and rain at Candlestick Park, the Giants special teams squad were exceptional in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.
Placekicker Lawrence Tynes was 2-for-2 in both field goal and extra point attempts. While he will always be remembered for his game-winning 31-yard field goal, he also snuck a field goal just inside the left upright at the end of the first half to give the Giants a 10-7 halftime lead.
Punter Steve Weatherford not only punted well in less-than-ideal playing conditions, but he also allowed Tynes to kick the game-winning field goal. Weatherford handled Zak DeOssie's low snap and placed the ball down in time for Tynes overtime winner.
Devin Thomas and Jacquain Williams contributions should not be overlooked as well. Not only was Thomas aware that a Weatherford punt hit Kyle Williams' leg, he also recovered Williams fumble in overtime that set up the game-winning field goal. The fumble, of course, was caused by Jacquain Williams.
The 1991 NFC Championship Game also featured Giants special teams excellence. Placekicker Matt Bahr accounted for all of the scoring with five field goals in the 15-13 win. Three of his field goals, including the game-winning 42-yard kick, was beyond 40 yards.
Arguably, the biggest special teams play of the game occurred midway through the fourth quarter. Trailing 13-9 and set to punt from their own 46-yard line, linebacker Gary Reasons took the snap and raced 30 yards to the San Francisco 24-yard line.
Bahr eventually converted a field goal to cut the 49ers lead to 13-12.