David Akers, who is in the midst of the worst season of his 14-career, has held off Billy Cundiff to be the 49ers' kicker on Saturday against Green Bay, Jim Harbaugh announced today. The 49ers signed Cundiff last week after Akers missed field goals from 40 and 44 yards in the regular-season finale against the Cardinals.
Harbaugh said that Cundiff would remain on the 53-man roster but probably would not suit up for the team's playoff opener against the Packers. Akers kicked a record-tying 63-yard field goal in Week 1 in Green Bay, but he has struggled from long distances since. He's missed 11 of 19 kicks from 40 yards or more and has a 69 percent field goal percentage on the season.
Only one full-time kicker, Green Bay's Mason Crosby, has fared worse this season.