David Akers missed a kick in yesterday’s NFC Championship game, a 38 yarder. He made his only other postseason kick against the Green Bay Packers the week prior, for a post season 50% completion.
That’s a dip from his regular season total when he went 29-42 and the San Francisco 49ers even brought in Billy Cundiff in as insurance.
Ironic considering the Baltimore Ravens, their Super Bowl XLVII opponent dropped him in the offseason in favor of a rookie after Cundiff missed a AFC Championship kick that would’ve tied the game. If they had gone on to win in overtime they would have punched a ticket to Super Bowl XLVI.
Cundiff was released the Friday before the NFC Championship game and ineligible to play for the 49ers in the Super Bowl. Rules state that a player cut during the post season can’t sign with a team until after the Super Bowl. But the 49ers aren’t looking for a replacement according to head coach Jim Harbaugh.
Jim Harbaugh says David Akers will be 49ers kicker in the Super Bowl.
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) January 21, 2013
David Akers himself was less certain about whether he’d be suiting up for the 49ers in the Super Bowl.
“I’m here until they tell me otherwise,” said Akers, via CBS Sports.
If you were the San Francisco 49ers, would you feel confident with David Akers kicking field goals in the Super Bowl?