Scout Premium Content

The play that really changed the game

After mid-air meeting, game was never the same

One punt-return gaffe by Kyle Williams changed the complexion of the game and another hastened the end of it, but neither was the play that set in motion the 49ers' demise Sunday just as they were in the process of taking control of the NFC Championship Game. The trickle-down effect of everything that happened after that fateful snap resulted in the Niners' overtime loss to the New York Giants.

Before the football had glanced off Williams' knee on a punt return – leading to the touchdown that put New York ahead in the fourth quarter – and before Williams' fumble on an overtime punt return that set up the Giants for the game-winning score in their 20-17 victory, there was the big hit involving two San Francisco defenders that ended up being the turning point in the game. But this big... Recommended Stories