The San Francisco 49ers released Billy Cundiff on Friday.
It will not be a surprise if the team calls him back today.
David Akers failed to come through in the clutch again but the Niners still found a way to pull out a 28-24 victory in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome. Coach Jim Harbaugh has stuck with his beleaguered kicker this long but you have to seriously wonder if he will be comfortable carrying Akers with the team to Super Bowl XLVII after his latest miscue.
This time, Akers missed a 38-yard attempt in the third quarter, banging it off the left upright in ideal dome conditions, which is what there will be in the Super Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
Akers missed 13 of 42 field goals during the regular season and recently admitted he was struggling recovering from offseason sports hernia surgery. The Niners signed Cundiff as insurance and had a competition. They went with Akers.
“It's a game of inches, one way or the other,” Akers said, according to Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News. “I struck the ball well and it clangs on top of the goal past. If you figure that one out, let me know.”
Does he believe he will be around for the Super Bowl?
“I'm here until they tell me otherwise,” Akers said.
Eventually, Harbaugh will lose patience. We’ll see what happens in the coming days.
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