Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Donte Whitner: 49ers didn’t understand “magnitude of the moment” last year

Last year’s trip to the NFC Championship Game was a new experience for many 49ers afters years of missing the playoffs in San Francisco.

The 49ers are back in the game again this year safety Donte Whitner says that last year’s experience was educational for the team. Whitner thinks that playing last year’s game against the Giants left the team with a better grasp of what they need to do to wind up winners.

“We didn’t understand the magnitude of the moment,” Whitner said, via Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group. “In a championship game like that, each and every play is going to be a roller coaster and we need to make plays.”

Last year’s game ended with the Giants moving onto the Super Bowl because Kyle Williams fumbled away a pair of punts and because their offense couldn’t generate enough points to keep the Giants from coming back to win the game in overtime. The offense has looked much different with Colin Kaepernick at the helm, which should give the 49ers a better chance of surviving any miscues like the ones Williams provided last season.

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