SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The last time Kyle Williams circled underneath a punt that really mattered, in the NFC Championship game, the New York Giants capitalized on his miscues.
Williams is likely to get an early opportunity to atone for those mistakes Sunday in another key NFC matchup when the San Francisco 49ers open the season against the Green Bay Packers.
With regular punt returner Ted Ginn Jr. questionable to play, Williams is expected to handle return duties against the Packers like he did in place of an injured Ginn against the Giants in January’s title game.
That didn’t work out so well. Williams muffed one punt that led to a New York touchdown, then fumbled another punt in overtime that led to the winning field goal in the Giants’ 20-17 victory.