49ers’ Akers Calls Kicking Struggles A ‘Head Scratcher’

NEW ORLEANS (CBS / AP) — San Francisco kicker David Akers calls his struggles this season a “head scratcher” and said if the 49ers win the Super Bowl it will erase all of his 14 misses this season.

Akers missed an NFL-worst 13 field goals this season and then hit the upright on a 38-yarder in the NFC championship game at Atlanta.

He said he feels like he is kicking the ball well and he’s off by a matter of inches, which is frustrating because “an inch is a mile in our game.”

Coach Jim Harbaugh brought in Billy Cundiff earlier this month to challenge Akers, but the Niners stuck with Akers and released Cundiff last week.

Harbaugh said he has complete confidence in Akers and dismissed talk that he is mired in a slump.

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