Despite struggles, Akers to remain 49ers' kicker

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The embattled David Akers will remain the San Francisco 49ers’ starting kicker in the Super Bowl, head coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday, according to CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco.

“The decision has already been made. David Akers is our kicker,” Harbaugh said.

Akers missed his only field-goal attempt in the 49ers’ 28-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship game on Sunday, a 38-yard try.

He was only 29-of-42 in the regular season, and the team brought in Billy Cundiff on Jan. 1 to serve as insurance and motivation for Akers.

Akers received death threats last month on Twitter, prompting the NFL and team security to become involved.

During the season, Akers missed overtime kicks twice against the Rams, as the 49ers lost at St. Louis and tied at home. Akers also had a field goal blocked in a Dec. 23 loss at Seattle that cornerback Richard Sherman returned 90 yards for a touchdown.

Jim Harbaugh says David Akers will be 49ers kicker in the Super Bowl.

— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) January 21, 2013

 

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