San Francisco 49ers Drew Short End of the Kick in Super Bowl XLVII
David Akers was the worst kicker in all of the NFL in 2012 and apparently he’s tired of hearing about it. Well, the 38-year-old can hold back the tears as his awful season is worth talking about and will play a huge factor in Super Bowl XLVII.
A 14-year-veteran who spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles as well, Akers has looked like a collegiate kicker in 2012 with 13 missed field goals. I’m still amazed that the San Francisco 49ers have stuck with him up to this point as he has done his best to ruin his team’s shot at a Lombardi Trophy.
On the other hand, Akers is a six-time pro bowler who has nailed 367 field goals in the NFL. Despite his awful season Akers still managed to lead the league in Field Goals Attempted for the fourth time in the last five seasons. After being a household name for success early in his career, he turned into a huge question mark in 2012–I would’ve gave him the ax a long time ago if I was the 49ers.
Jim Harbaugh made the right decision by turning to Colin Kaepernick but, the move to keep giving Akers a jersey is mind-boggling to me. Although it isn’t the most publicized position it still holds plenty of water in terms of success.
The Balitmore Ravens have no such dihlema as their 23-year-old kicker has missed just three times this entire season notching 30 kicks though the uprights.
Make no mistake field goal kicking will be a huge factor come Super Sunday and I imagine the 49ers will be kicking Akers right out of town if he doesn’t come up big.