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In Sunday’s San Francisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chiefs rematch of Super Bowl LIV, the NFL got a taste of what Fayetteville State football fans have savored the last several years.

Chiefs rookie cornerback Joshua Williams, a Jack Britt High alum who was drafted last season after four years with four-time reigning CIAA Southern Division champion Fayetteville State, came up with a huge play to preserve Kansas City’s lead heading into halftime and spark a second-quarter run that ended with a 44-23 win over San Franciso.

Holding a 14-13 advantage with 1:33 left in the first half and the 49ers in the red zone at San Francisco’s Levi’s Stadium, Williams grabbed a goal-line interception for his first pick as a pro.

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Joshua Williams intercepts a pass intended for San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud III during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

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The 49ers were looking to punch in a score after recovering a fumbled punt on the KC 12-yard line with 1:55 remaining in the first half.

After a short gain by recently acquired running back Christian McCaffrey from Carolina and a short pass to Deebo Samuel, the 49ers faced a third-and-goal at the 5-yard line.

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw to the left side of the end zone and Williams was waiting to high-point the pass behind receiver Ray-Ray McCloud III.

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