Williams, 49ers prepare for rematch with Giants

Associated Press Modified: October 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm •  Published: October 9, 2012
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Later in the offseason, a recording of former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams emerged from before the first playoff game that purports to capture him telling players to "put a lick" on Kyle Williams to see if he had lingering effects from a concussion.

"I've never been targeted for something like that before," Williams said. "I guess it's different in a sense. It's not something that I think was a major focal point for them to make sure they knocked me out of the game. It sounds stupid when you look back it. We're playing football. Everybody is going to try to get to the ball. Everybody is going to try to make a play on the ball. That's football. I don't pay too much attention to anything like that."

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. The 49ers offense has looked vastly superior so far to the one that lost to New York last January.

The Niners wide receivers combined for just one catch that game. The wideouts, with a boost from offseason additions Mario Manningham and Randy Moss, are averaging nearly 12 catches combined a game this season.

"We had a whole offseason to work together," Williams said. "I think we're more polished than anything. We have more weapons. We added a few guys and they have helped us tremendously this year."

NOTES: The 49ers added LB Clark Haggans to the active roster. He was suspended the past three games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. ... San Francisco waived LB Eric Bakhtiari to make room on the 53-man roster.

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