No. 4: K’Waun Williams looks to secure his role
With K’Waun Williams coming off injury, he made a case on Sunday to keep his position, showcasing some big plays. While injured, D.J. Reed took over at nickel and performed fairly well. Upon his return, however, Williams stepped it up, stamping his authority on the position.
Sunday would have to be Williams’ best game of the season. Williams had two big stops in the first quarter alone. He put a great hit on Bears’ running back Jordan Howard, resulting in the Bears having to attempt a field goal, which kicker Cody Parkey missed. While the Bears were deep in their own territory, Williams made a tackle on running back Tarik Cohen for a loss of three yards, putting the Bears at 3rd-and-26:
He would also have a hand in the 49ers’ first takeaway since Oct. 7 versus the Arizona Cardinals. Williams managed to strip the ball from Cohen, with defensive tackle DeForest Buckner recovering the fumble.
Williams would also have a second-quarter interception in the 49ers’ own end zone. However, a defensive holding call against linebacker Fred Warner would negate that play by Williams with a 5-yard penalty and first down on the San Francisco 8-yard line.