December 30, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers kicker David Akers (2) kicks a field goal out of the hold of punter Andy Lee (4) during the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Cardinals 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

David Akers Remains Niners' Kicker


No kicker controversy this week.

San Francisco 49ers’ head coach Jim Harbaugh announced today that David Akers would be kicking for the 49ers in the NFC Championship game at Atlanta next Sunday.

“David’s our kicker,” he said in a press conference.

Akers made a key 36-yard field goal right before halftime against the Packers in the divisional round that put the Niners up 24-21. He also converted all six of his extra points.

The veteran lefty struggled mightily during the regular season, and many voiced concerns about how he would fare in the playoffs. The Niners brought in Billy Cundiff to compete with Akers in a tryout, which Akers ended up winning.

Kicking in a dome – where there is no wind – should benefit Akers, who is usually subjected to the harsh gusts of Candlestick Park.

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