The key turning point came in the first overtime, when punt returner Kyle Williams was stripped of the ball on a return and the fumble was recovered by the Giants, leading to excellent field position for New York and the eventual winning field goal. Angry football fans took to Twitter, blogs and call-in radio to heap scorn upon Williams after the loss.
Amid all the venom, David Fucillo of Niners Nation took a moment to provide some sanity regarding the situation:
As for Kyle Williams struggles, he will be the goat for this game, but he and others who struggled have bright moments. Complain all you want, but no need for personal attacks on players who have done so much for this team this year.
Williams is only a second-year player, likely with a bright future ahead of him. Hopefully he will have a chance to redeem himself before long.
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