Sports fans often oversimplify their team's failure to advance in the playoffs. The one person they blame is really just a scapegoat.
For instance, the most famous "goat" (not to be confused with GOAT: Greatest Of All-Time) may be Billy Buckner, under whose legs the winning run was allowed in Game Six of the 1986 World Series. But players know you win and lose as a team.
For instance, the run he allowed was the last of three runs scored to win the game. He would never have been in position to make the game-deciding error had there not been three singles and a wild pitch before it. The hobbled utility infielder also should not have even been left in the game to protect a two-run lead in extra innings.
And, of course, there was another game the team could have won.
Such is the nature of the San Francisco 49ers loss in the NFC Championship Game. Yet, Kyle Williams has received death threats by the same fans that blamed Alex Smith for the team's failures of the past seven seasons rather than the inept coaching.
Often described around hockey these days as "playoff chokers," San Jose never had expectations upon them to make it deeper than the second round prior to the lockout. Thus, the following list of individual players who most make sense for singling out in each playoff collapse are listed, along with the reason they should not be blamed.