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NEW YORK (WFAN) – The Giants are going back to the Super Bowl, thanks to Jacquian Williams.
Exactly. The special teamer was a relative unknown prior to Sunday’s win over the San Francisco 49ers — except to Giants die-hards, of course. He’s made a name for himself now after forcing Kyle Williams to fumble in overtime, a play that led to New York’s game-winning field goal.
“That was unbelievable,” Williams told WFAN’s Craig Carton on Tuesday. “The guys told me that I wouldn’t wear that jersey again, they was gonna frame it.”
Williams said Big Blue had a plan to hit the 49ers punt returner, who has a history of concussions, hard.
Well, they didn’t need to. The overtime strip wasn’t exactly a crushing blow, and Kyle Williams was untouched during a huge muffed punt late in the game.
“No one wants to be that guy. But I’d prefer it to be him (rather) than me,” Williams said. “I feel bad but, hey, whatever it takes for us to win.”
The Giants didn’t have much time to celebrate at Candlestick Park, so the NFC Champs continued to party on their United Airlines red-eye back to New York.
“There was a lot of smiling faces,” Williams told Carton. “I like to see the vets and the vets, they were happy. There were a lot of emotions … overall, man, we didn’t get any sleep.”
Now it’s on to face Tom Brady and the feared Patriots for the Lombardi Trophy.
Forget about New York’s win over Brady in Super Bowl XLII for a moment. That’s old news. The Giants’ 24-20 victory over New England in Week 9 at Gillette Stadium is far more telling.
“It’s our time to show the world what we’re capable of,” said Williams. “It’s really a challenge for us. But we’re gonna come ready, we’re gonna prepare well and we’re gonna do whatever it takes for us to win.”
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