The 49ers have been holding a kicking competition for the last six days to determine who would be the team’s placekicker against the Packers and potentially moving forward in the playoffs.
In one corner you have David Akers, who has been having the worst season of his 14-year career. In the other you have Billy Cundiff, who was signed by the Niners last week to compete with Akers but was released by the Redskins midway through the season for—oh, boy—missing field goals.
And the winner (if there are any winners in this) is… David Akers.
So, Jim Harbaugh, how do you think Akers performed in response to his team essentially bringing in a guy to potentially take his job?
“Good. (He) responded like a football player does.”
“He gives us the best chance,” explained Harbaugh.
Akers will handle normal kicking duties (ie, kickoffs, PAT’s, field goals) on Saturday. Harbaugh, however, says Cundiff will remain on the 53-man roster, you know, to keep around in case Akers bombs again and the Niners survive to make the NFC championship next week.
Akers has been dreadful this season, going just 29-for-42 on field goals—a 69 percent success rate. The only kicker with a worse percentage in 2012 is Mason Crosby (63.6 percent) of the Packers, who the 49ers just so happen to be playing this weekend.
So, um, maybe the goal for both teams Sunday should just be to avoid kicking as much as humanly possible.