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Friday, January 20, 2012
Tynes: SF kick returns not that dangerous

By Matt Ehalt

Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes isn't afraid.

As the Giants take on the 49ers on Sunday, and face San Francisco's vaunted special teams until that includes a stout kickoff return game, the Giants' kicker said he does not believe that the 49ers' kick return game is that dangerous.

"We did a good job against them last time. If Ted Ginn is back there or (Kyle Williams), I think we do a pretty good job covering," Tynes said when asked how dangerous San Francisco's kick return game is. "It's not us against individuals, it's our whole team."

For the year, the 49ers were first in the NFL with 27.2 yards per return, and had the highest percentage of 20-plus yard returns on the season at 84.6 percent. They were one of the top five teams in the league in terms of starting field position after kickoffs.

A big part of that was Ginn, who was second in the NFC and third in the NFL with an average of 27.6 yards per return. He is questionable for Sunday's game with a knee injury. If he can't go, Williams, who averaged 26 yards per return, and Kendall Hunter will likely get the call. Williams and Hunter returned kicks against the Saints, while Ginn was limited to punt returns.

In the teams' first meeting, Ginn only returned two kickoffs, averaging 27.5 yards per return with a long of 31 yards. Teams averaged 22.9 yards on kickoff returns against the Giants this past season.

Tynes stressed that it is not going to be one-on-one battles on Sunday, but a collective effort of all 11 players.

"It's not me against David Akers or Steve [Weatherford] against Andy Lee, I have 10 other guys out there with me every time," Tynes said. "We'll see what happens. I get paid too. Our guys get paid too. We're not focused on them, we're focused on us."

Tynes, despite the predictions of rain, expects the weather on Sunday to be similar to the teams' previous meeting in November. He said the ball was coming off his foot well in the previous meeting and said the weather was nice then.

"How wet the field is, it's always moist anyway because it's below sea level, but it will be fine," Tynes said. "They pay us to be pro kickers and I got to adjust to it."