David Akers didn’t make 49ers’ fans happy in the NFC Championship, but he can change everything in the Super Bowl.
Why? Because Jim Harbaugh will be giving him what feels like his millionth chance in a game where any mistake is very costly.
Akers will be kicking in Super Bowl XLVII for the 49ers, according to Matt Maiocco of csnbayarea.com. Akers banged a 38-yard field goal off the upright in the NFC Championship Game against Atlanta, and it would have tied the game. 49ers fans were disgusted, and even though the team rallied and beat Atlanta 28-24 in thrilling fashion, there is lots of concern about Akers.
Last year, Akers made 43-of-51 field goals in the regular season, setting an NFL record, and he made all four of his field goal tries in the playoffs. However, in February, Akers underwent surgery for double sports hernia in February of 2012, and he has been struggling to bounce back. While the 2011 Pro Bowler miraculously made a 63-yard field goal in Week 1 against the Packers, he has not done well since.
Even though the 49ers are in the Super Bowl, Akers has to be upset with himself. He missed 13 field goals in the regular season, the most in the NFL, and after making a chip shot 36-yarder last week, he missed one from about the same length this week. Akers, who is 9-for-19 from 40-plus yards, has made 30 of 44 kicks in 18 games this year, for a success rate of just over 68 percent.
San Francisco signed Billy Cundiff after Akers missed two field goals against Arizona in the regular season finale, but they cut him just before the NFC Championship Game, and Cundiff saw no action in his lone game with San Francisco, in which he was inactive. Cundiff can not be signed until after the season, and signing someone such as Jeff Reed or Justin Medlock is out of the question now.
Can Akers, who has missed at least one field goal in six of the 49ers’ last eight games and failed to make two potential game-winners (in two tries), bounce back? We will just have to see if he will recover in time to help his team in Super Bowl XLVII against the Baltimore Ravens.