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Lions Sign Kicker David Akers

David Welker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For the first time since 1994, the Detroit Lions will have a new kicker. The team has signed veteran kicker David Akers to a free agent contract.

Last week, kicker Jason Hanson retired from the team after playing for the Lions since 1994. After a poor 2012 season, Akers is hoping to revive his career in Detroit.

Back in February 2012, Akers underwent double hernia surgery, but aggravated the injury during the season. As a result, Akers had arguably the worst season of his 13-year career.

In 2012, Akers set a career-low in field goal percentage since becoming a full-time kicker. Akers went 29-42 for a 69.0 accuracy percentage. While he did go 3-4 in the playoffs, the team felt like they needed to go in a new direction.

But when it comes to kickers, their fortunes can change season to season. Akers is a prime example of that. In 2011, Akers was arguably the best kicker in the NFL in his first season with the 49ers. That season, he led the NFL in scoring.

Hanson is the first player in NFL history to play more than 300 games with a single team.

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Jim Harbaugh Will Stick With David Akers as His Kicker

David Welker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After a remarkable 2011 season, San Francisco 49ers kicker David Akers is having arguably his worst season of his career this year. Despite his struggles, the team will stick with Akers as their kicker in the Super Bowl.

According to Matt Maiocco of, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh announced that Akers will be the team's kicker when they face off against the Baltimore Ravens.

The team had recently signed kicker Billy Cundiff, but was waived after the regular season, making him ineligible for the postseason.

In 2011, Akers' first with the 49ers, he made 44 out of 52 field goals (84.6%) and led the NFL in scoring. But 2012 has been a different story as Akers made just 29 out of 42 field goals (69.0%). Akers' 13 missed field goals were by far a career high, and his 69.0% field goal percentage is also a career low.

In the NFC Championship game, Akers missed a 38-yard field goal.

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Akers Keeps Job as 49ers Kicker

David Welker/Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) -- David Akers will be the San Francisco 49ers' kicker for their Saturday night NFC divisional playoff matchup with the Green Bay Packers.

The decision was announced by 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh after practice Thursday.

San Francisco signed kicker Billy Cundiff on Jan. 1 because Akers had struggled this season, only making 29-of-42 field-goal attempts.

Still, Akers has a good track record. In his 15 NFL seasons he has hit 81 percent of his field-goals, and has kicked in six NFC championship games.

"We feel confident in David giving us the best chance to win," Harbaugh said. "[Cundiff] has none a nice job. David's done a better job and is more prepared to give us the best chance to win."

Even with Akers winning the job, Harbaugh says Cundiff will stay on the roster.

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49ers Sign Kicker Billy Cundiff

J. Meric/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After enjoying incredible stability with their kicking game last season, the San Francisco 49ers find themselves in an unexpected situation. The team has signed kicker Billy Cundiff as current kicker David Akers' continues to struggle.

In 2011, his first season with the 49ers, Akers enjoyed arguably his best season as a pro. He attempted a career-high 52 field goals and made a career high 44 of them. He even made nine field goals from 50+ yards out. He led the NFL in scoring with 166 points.

But this season has been a disaster for the usually reliable Akers. He only made 29 out of 42 kicks, which is a 69.0 percentage. That would be by far the worst mark of Akers' career since becoming a full-time kicker with the Philadelphia Eagles back in 2000.

Meanwhile, Cundiff previously spent time with the Washington Redskins. He appeared in 5 games and made just 58.3 percent of his kicks. He has a career kicking percentage of 75.5.

Cundiff won't replace Akers right away, but the two will compete in practice to determine the team's kicker going forward.

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49ers-Rams Clash Ends In A Tie

Brian Bahr/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- A game between NFC West rivals the St. Louis Rams and the San Francisco 49ers ended in a tie on Sunday afternoon, making it the first tie game the NFL has seen in four years.

Tied at 24 heading into overtime, both teams missed chances to come away with the victory.  First, Rams rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein made a 53-yard field goal, but the team was hit with a 5 yard delay of penalty.  Zuerlein tried again from 58-yards but missed it wide right.

49ers kicker David Akers missed a 41-yard field goal try in overtime after making a 33-yarder with three seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 24. 

The Rams (3-5-1) led for most of the game before 49ers running back Frank Gore scored on a 20-yard touchdown run to give San Francisco (6-2-1) a 21-17 lead.

Sam Bradford hit receiver Austin Pettis with a two-yard score with 1:09 remaining to take the lead before Akers tied it and sent the game to overtime.

49ers quarterback Alex Smith left the game with a concussion in the first-half.  He was hit on the back of the neck by 49ers lineback Jo-Lonn Dunbar, but was able to stay in the game for a few more plays.  He completed five straight passes including a touchdown to receiver Michael Crabtree.

Smith was replaced by backup Colin Kaepernick, who rushed for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

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49ers Survive Late Packers Rally In Win

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, WI) -- The San Francisco 49ers used a sharp run game and a stifling defense to defeat the Green Bay Packers 30-22 on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

The win snapped the 49ers' nine-game losing streak to Green Bay, which was tied for the longest active win streak by any team against a single opponent.

The 49ers (1-0) held the lead for most to the game behind kicker David Akers, who made three field-goals including a 63-yarder that bounced off the crossbar and through to end the first half, tying an NFL record for longest made field-goal.

49ers quarterback Alex Smith threw touchdown passes to Randy Moss and Vernon Davis, and running back Frank Gore added a 23-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Aaron Rodgers threw for 303 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, but the 49ers defense proved to be too much for the Packers (0-1).

Randall Cobb trimmed the lead to eight early in the fourth quarter with a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown, but 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman picked off Rodgers setting up the Gore touchdown run on the next play.

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49ers Reward GM Baalke With A Three-Year Extension

NFL via Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) -- After a 13-3 season including a trip to the NFC Championship Game, the San Francisco 49ers have decided to give general manager Trent Baalke a three-year contract extension that will run through the 2016 season.

After the team went just 6-10 in 2010, Baalke made numerous key moves that led to their recent run of success. He hired NFL Coach of the Year Jim Harbaugh, signed All-Pro kicker David Akers, signed cornerback Carlos Rodgers, brought in safety Donte Whitner, and re-signed safety Dashon Goldson.

"Trent has distinguished himself as the man to direct our football operations for years to come," 49ers CEO Jed York said. "Since taking over as general manager last January, we have made great strides on the football field under Trent's leadership."

Baalke has been a part of the 49ers organization since 2005.

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49ers' David Akers New Field Goal King

Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- Among the free agent signings during the condensed NFL offseason, the San Francisco 49ers' signing of kicker David Akers was one of those that more-or-less flew under the radar. But in retrospect, it may have been one of the best free agent moves of the summer.

Akers kicked four field goals during the team's 19-17 win over the Seattle Seahawks, giving him 42 on the season. He now holds the NFL record for the most field goals in a single season. The previous record was held by Houston Texans kicker Neil Rackers, who kicked 38 field goals back in 2005 when he was a member of the Arizona Cardinals.

"All our players and coaches, everybody is real happy for David's success," 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said after the win.

Akers is in his 12th season in the NFL. This is his first season with the 49ers after spending his whole career with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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