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Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Road to the Superdome: 49ers

By Mike Sando



Colleague Dan Graziano asked for San Francisco 49ers strengths and weaknesses during our "Road to the Superdome" conversation Wednesday afternoon.

I forgot to mention the field-goal kicking situation as a weakness.



Veteran David Akers sent all five kickoffs for touchbacks during the 49ers' 28-24 playoff victory over Atlanta, his highest single-game percentage since a Week 8 game at Arizona. But San Francisco went without a made field goal for the first time in a game since Jim Harbaugh became coach before the 2011 season.

Akers' 44-yard try bounced off the left upright.

"If it had been 3 inches to the right, I would have had a perfect game today," Akers said Sunday outside the 49ers' locker room in the Georgia Dome. "All touchbacks, real deep balls so they couldn't return get returns. I felt real good coming out and kicking the ball. I thought it would come in a little bit more and, again, it's just one of those things that I just keep scratching my head."

The chart compares Akers' regular-season and postseason stats with those for his Baltimore counterpart in the Super Bowl, Justin Tucker.

Tucker, an undrafted rookie, hit a game-winning 47-yard kick against Denver in the divisional round. He also made a game-winning 38-yarder against San Diego during the regular season.