David Akers may not look like a guy who can make the long field goals, but he dispelled that notion on Sunday. The San Francisco 49ers kicker knocked in a 63 yard field goal to tie an NFL record. Of course, he had to have a little bit of help on it as he banked it in off the crossbar.
Watching it live, I thought the kick had no shot. David Akers is not the guy I would pick to take a long field goal. He makes almost everything he kicks but something from that distance is almost asking too much. Then again, this is not the first time that I have been wrong.
This kick gave the 49ers a 16-7 lead going into halftime against the Green Bay Packers. The 49ers have had the Packers on the ropes and GB looks like the team that got knocked around in the playoffs last year. That is not exactly a good thing. There is still a lot of game left but this could have been a huge momentum play.
Without this, SF is only up six going into half. GB starts the second half with the ball, so they could have been to march down the field and take the lead. Instead, they have to fight back from Akers making this kick in order to keep the game close.
David Akers will always have a place in history after this. Well, at least until someone makes a 64 yarder. Right now, he is one of four guys to make a FG from that long. Congratulations!