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Ted Ginn Jr. and Vernon Davis on opposing teams in the Super Bowl.

February 5, 2016

While Ted Ginn Jr. had a great NFC title game and season for the NFC champion Carolina Panthers, his former San Francisco 49ers teammate now with the Denver Broncos, Vernon Davis did not.

However, each is on a Super Bowl roster, in a game to be played in the stadium in which the 49ers play their home games.

This invokes memories of other seasons, 2011 in particular when Davis contributed mightily to a 49ers team that came so close, to at least making the Super Bowl.

It was an injury that kept Ted Ginn Jr. then mostly used as a punt returner, (he still performs that duty, now with Carolina, of course), out of action, that certainly hurt, if not cost the Niners a Supe berth, as they lost the NFC title game at home, (then it was Candlestick Park) to the eventual champion, New York Giants.

In that title tilt, Kyle Williams, the son of baseball executive Ken Williams, the general manager on the first Chicago White Sox World Series winner in 88 years, had two fumbles returning punts, the second leading directly to “Toe” Tynes’ (first name Lawrence) game winning field goal in overtime.

Both Davis and Ginn Jr. played in the 49ers Super Bowl loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the previous CBS Super Bowl telecast.


Ted Ginn Jr. pictured above scored the first touchdown in the Panthers’ NFC title game win vs the Arizona Cardinals, for whom he played last season.

In the last CBS Super Bowl telecast, the aforementioned Baltimore Ravens, coached by John Harbaugh’s win vs the S.F. 49ers coached by brother Jim, another ex Arizona Cardinal, Anquan Boldin gathered in a Joe Flacco pass for the game’s first touchdown.


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