The San Francisco 49ers have spent the past two weeks preparing for the NFC Divisional round of the playoffs by holding a kicking competition between David Akers and newly signed Billy Cundiff. Akers struggled down the stretch for the 49ers, due to a pelvis injury (insert joke here). He made only 29 of his 42 attempts this season just a year after making 44 field goals last year.
The Niners brought in Cundiff to make sure they were covered in case Akers didn’t look good or if they simply weren’t satisfied with what they were getting out of him. Today it appears as though the 49ers have a kicker ready to go and it’s Akers who will be kicking for the 49ers against the Green Bay Packers on Saturday.
Cam Inman from the Bay Area News Group passed along that information, reporting that coach Jim Harbaugh said Akers gave the team the best chance to win. Inman also reports that Cundiff will stay on the roster in case anything were to happen to Akers.
It seems very odd to having a kicking competition during the playoffs but the Niners had to make sure all their bases were covered and it might have been a different kicker if San Francisco played last week. No one knows how the choice will turn out come Saturday night but it’s something to keep an eye on as long as the 49ers are still in the playoffs.
People like to make fun of kickers, right up until the time they need them the most, so we’ll see if the 49ers made the right decision or not.
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