49ers Rely On Rookie And Veteran To Fill Voids The 49ers had two big holes to fill this offseason, with the departure of Dashon Goldson and the release of David Akers. It would be impossible to have any sustained success with question marks at both positions, but after the Week 1 performances of Phil Dawson and Eric Reid, it appears that the 49ers have found a short-term replacement for Akers, and long-term answer for Goldson.
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2012-13 49ers Learned The Hard Way, But No Longer InexperiencedAlthough they lost the Super Bowl to the Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco learned a great deal from the game. They will use this as a learning experience and come back next year a better team because of it. The team did not reach their final goal, but continue to get closer, and will try next year to end the Lombardi Trophy drought.
David Akers Remains Biggest Concern For 49ers Heading Into Super BowlAs San Francisco goes down their checklist for the Super Bowl, they are missing something. The offense is clicking, the defense continues to impress, but David Akers has put a big question mark on the kicking game. In a game where 3 points could mean the difference between a win or a loss, the 49ers hope that Akers is the reliable kicker he has been for most of his career, and not the player as of late, who is anything but consistent. by Jerrell Richardson
Harbaugh Will Rely On Akers For Remainder of Post SeasonWhen Billy Cundiff was released this week, the 49ers made it clear that they have confidence in David Akers to makes kicks for the rest of the playoffs. Or it could be that they have less confidence in Cundiff. Either way, the team did the right thing by letting go of Cundiff prior to the team's flight to Atlanta, letting Akers relax and focus on the game and not about being replaced.
Mum's The Word On Kicker For Saturday, But Billy Cundiff Is Best OptionOne of the major concerns for the 49ers as they prepare to take on the Green Bay Packers Saturday is the kicking game. For a team that has such a sound defense, three points can go a long way, and more times then not playoff games are decided by a last second field goal. As David Akers has regressed this season, the team signed Billy Cundiff to evaluate the teams kicking options, yet with the game less then a week away there has still been no decision made. This in camp battle doesn't figure to have a winner declared until right before the game, but with no clear favorite, the best option for the team is to deactivate Akers and go with the new guy.
San Francisco 49ers Turn Attention To Kicking Game WoesDavid Akers wrapped up a regular season that he would like to forget. Unfortunately, with the playoffs around the corner and a team that needs contributions from all phases, the team can't forget. The result is that with time to prepare for their eventual playoff game, San Francisco is working out kickers to make sure that specials teams is not again the downfall of this team in the postseason.
St. Louis Rams Stun San Francisco 49ers In Defensive StruggleAlthough the two teams tied last time, nobody gave the Rams a shot in the rematch against the 49ers. San Francisco scored first and it looked like a rout, but St. Louis fought hard for four quarters, forced overtime, earned the upset, and won the season series against the NFC West-leading 49ers.
David Akers' Leg And Not Alex Smith's Head Should Be A Concern Heading Into Next WeekThe big news after the 49ers' recent tie was the condition of Alex Smith. The team's starting quarterback suffered a concussion that forced him out of the game, and it showed how vulnerable this team is without Smith. However, the severity of his injury indicates that he will not miss extended time, and instead the team should be more concerned with David Akers and his drop in production this year.
49ers Sit Alone At the Top, Defeat Cardinals ConvincinglyThe heavyweight match-up between the Cardinals and 49ers might have been scheduled for 12 rounds, but it was over quickly. San Francisco raced out to the early lead and Arizona could never recover. The end result was an easy win for the 49ers, who have a bye up next and can get healthy in preparation for the stretch run.
49ers Defense Sends Message In 30-22 Win Over PackersThe San Francisco Defense was the story on Sunday keeping the Green Bay Packers off the scoreboard for most of the game and stepped up late to hold off the Packers rally. Alex Smith was almost as impressive committing zero turnovers and answering each time the Packers threatened to come back and steal the game. The entire team earned a grade of an A and are perhaps the most complete team in the league.
49ers' Akers Ties NFL Record With 63-yard Field GoalSan Francisco 49ers kicker David Akers bounced a ball off the crossbar and through the uprights from 63 yards just before halftime, tying an NFL record in Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.