Both are bad, but a kicker missing a FG at a crucial point of the game is understandable. 31 yard is a chip shot for most professionals but I would assume kicking a field goal is much tougher than catching a punt. A punt returner not clearing the area when the ball bounces like that shows poor decision making. I remember doing scater drills as a freshman in high school. That's football 101 I would think? The risk of even fielding that punt completely outweighs the reward. A completely asinine mistake.
The 2nd fumble by Kyle Williams happens. He was trying to make up for his mistakes and a player caught him from behind and he fumbled it. Is it forgiven? no but it happens.
The first fumble really leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Professionals should not make that mistake.
Williams is a 2nd year guy who got stuck returning punts because of injury. He fielded 6 punts this season (2 returns/4 fair catches). Ted Ginn and Reggie Smith fielded the other 60+ punts.
A pro shouldn't have gotten anywhere near that ball, so that's on him. The second? A fumble that happens.
The Niners failed on 12 of 13 3rd downs. Their offense sucked out loud aside from two big plays. Their 7th year, former overall #1 pick QB barely completes over 50% of his passes and was even worse on Sunday.
Cundiff has attempted over 170 FG in a 9 year career. That's a chip shot. The past two years he's 18-21 from 30-39 yards.
Baltimore played into a chance to win the game by executing on both sides of the ball. The snap and hold were good. True, it was just to get to OT, but that was a foregone conclusion.
I can just imagine Cundiff having to go in that locker room and look Ray Lewis and Reed and Suggs, etc all the eyes...he probably has little to no appetite right now
same with Williams...ouch
I did see that Patrick WIllis is sticking up for Williams though...very classy
Williams said on the Dan Patrick show today that all his teammates supported him and told him it was a team game and it wasn't his fault. The fans were the ones bashing him and even threatening his life. His teammates stuck up for him.