The most discussed 49ers position battle this postseason isn’t getting any less dramatic. No, I’m not talking about quarterback; that was settled weeks ago, if not last week. I’m talking about the grand ol’ kicker position.
Jim Harbaugh announced on Monday that the team is sticking with the shaky David Akers as their placekicker for the Super Bowl:
“The decision has been made: David Akers is our kicker,” Harbaugh said at his weekly news conference.
That’s less a vote of confidence than it is a declaration that the team has no other choice. The team brought in Billy Cundiff as an insurance policy in case Akers had a meltdown. But after Akers went 1-for-1 (36 yards) in the divisional round against the Packers, the 49ers gave Cundiff his walking papers last week.
Fast forward to Sunday, in the NFC Championship. Akers doinks his only attempt (38 yards) off the left upright, then had a case of the sadz on the sideline, his confidence lay shattered on the ground in pieces beside his pudd...