David Akers will be the 49ers’ placekicker on Saturday when they face the Packers in their first postseason game, head coach Jim Harbaugh announced today during his press conference.
Akers has struggled this season, making just 29/42 field goals at a 69 percent clip, which ranks him 30th among NFL kickers.
His performance was so alarming that the 49ers brought in Billy Cundiff for a tryout. Cundiff reportedly did very well, and even kicked at Candlestick Park earlier this week. The general consensus was that Cundiff would take over the starting job on Saturday.
However, Harbaugh overruled the media and nearly everyone else with the startling announcement today, saying, “David gives us the best chance to win.”
He also said that Akers “responded like a football player does” when Cundiff was brought in to compete with him.
So Harbaugh is sticking with his guy in a decision that very few would have the guts to make. Hopefully this bold move pans out in the postseason, when those field goals will really count.