Williams, 49ers prepare for rematch with Giants

Getty Images File PhotoKyle Williams and the 49ers will look for a little redemption out of this week’s rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game.

Kyle Williams circled this week’s game against the New York Giants as soon as the NFL schedule was released in April.

He and his 49ers teammates have some unfinished business against the Super Bowl champions.

Williams’ two turnovers on punt returns played a key role in helping the Giants win last season’s NFC

Championship Game 20-17 in overtime, costing San Francisco a trip to the Super Bowl.

“There’s a few teams that I look forward to. Of course, after what happened last year, I definitely want to get back at these guys,” Williams said Tuesday. “We look at it as if they have something that we should have had. We’re going to make sure we don’t leave anything on the field again.”

Williams and the Niners (4-1) get their chance against the Giants (3-2) on Sunday in a rematch that has far less at stake than that meeting last January.

Williams played a central role in that game as a fill-in punt returner for the injured Ted Ginn Jr. Early in the fourth quarter, Steve Weatherford hit a short, bouncing punt that Williams came up to try to field. He backed away at the last minute, but the ball glanced off his right knee and was recovered by Devin Thomas at the San Francisco 29.

That set up New York’s go-ahead score.

Williams helped atone for his miscue when he returned the ensuing kickoff 40 yards to help set up David Akers’ tying field goal late in regulation.

But on his second return in overtime, Williams gave the ball away again. He fielded the punt at the 19 and was stripped by Jacquian Williams. Thomas once again pounced on the ball, at the 24, setting up the Giants’ winning kick.

Williams said he won’t approach the rematch any different, despite what happened less than nine months ago.

“I’m comfortable in the way I approach every single game,” Williams said. “I’ll be comfortable this week going into it. I can’t wait. I’m not trying to do too much. We don’t need anyone to do too much on this team. Everybody plays their role and does what they have to do. We’ll be fine. We’re a great team.”

Williams appreciated the support his teammates and coaches showed after the loss in January and has paid them back with his performance so far this season. He has returned four punts and six kickoffs so far this season without a fumble.

He has also caught four passes for 66 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown last week against the Buffalo Bills.

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