David Akers to remain 49ers’ kicker in Super Bowl XLVII

San Francisco 49ers place kicker David Akers will retain his job and will be the team’s kicker for Super Bowl XLVII, according to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area

The news comes in the wake of a Akers’ critical missed 38-yard field goal attempt in the NFC Championship Game vs. the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Despite the Niners’ win, Akers miss came at a critical point in the game when San Francisco was poised to tie the game in the second quarter. Instead, he bounced the ball off the left upright and made things even more difficult in the comeback. 

Akers has had a tumultuous season in 2012. After his record-setting 63-yard field goal in Week 1 vs. the Green Bay Packers, he struggled to find any rhythm en route to a 69 percent field goal percentage, his worst since 1999. He finished the season just 7-for-13 on field goals of 40-49 yards and was just 2-of-6 on attempts from 50 yards and beyond. 

Akers made the Pro Bowl representing the NFC in 2011 and was also selected as an All-Pro the same year.  

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.


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