The San Francisco 49ers stunned the Green Bay Packers on Saturday night in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs with a 13-10 win.
And one of the biggest reasons for the victory was former K-State defensive lineman Jordan Willis.
With Green Bay leading 10-3 in the fourth quarter, the Packers were punting from back in their end zone, and a blocked punt from Willis led to a San Francisco touchdown recovery.
Here’s the video.
The 49ers would go on to kick the game-winning field goal on an ensuing drive for a 13-10 victory.
It sure seems fitting that it’s a K-State Wildcat who makes a key play on special teams that turns the tide of an NFL Playoff game.
K-State was dubbed “Special Teams U” for years under former legendary head coach Bill Snyder, as the unit helped the K-State program turn around from one of the worst in the history of college football to a National Championship contender. That continued throughout Snyder’s tenure, even as K-State wasn’t competing for Big 12 Championships towards the end of his time, the Special Teams were always strong.
So it’s nice to see that legacy continue in the NFL. Bill Snyder was hopefully sitting back, watching the game, and smiling, as he watched a former player make such a critical play on one of the biggest stages.