Originally written on Shutdown Corner  |  Last updated 10/30/14
The goat wasn't even supposed to be back there. Going into the NFC championship game, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kyle Williams had returned just five punts in his NFL career. He was compelled into duty on Sunday when the team's regular return man, Ted Ginn Jr., was sidelined with a knee injury. The inexperience showed and may have cost the Niners a chance at the Super Bowl. The second-year wideout had two crucial fumbles in the title game, both leading to go-ahead scores by the New York Giants. The second, in overtime, led to a field goal that sent the Giants to Super Bowl XLVI. There may not have been overtime if not for Williams' first error. Early in the third quarter, the second-year vet inexplicably surrounded a bouncing punt that caromed off his leg and into the hands of New York's Devin Thomas. <br /> Williams has no business being anywhere in the vicinity of that bouncing ball. The instant he decides not to field the punt, he has to get away fr...
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