While the 49ers have had arguably the best punter in the game the past few seasons, the same can’t be said for their kicking game. Last year Special teams play hurt San Francisco during the regular season and again in Super Bowl. So far in 2013, the 49ers have shored up this weakness, and continue to strengthen their argument as the most complete team in the league.
San Francisco punter Andy Lee is one of the few regular 49er starters looking forward to the team’s final preseason game. Lee is hoping to unveil the ‘knuckle punt.’
Although the two teams tied last time, nobody gave the Rams a shot in the rematch against the 49ers. San Francisco scored first and it looked like a rout, but St. Louis fought hard for four quarters, forced overtime, earned the upset, and won the season series against the NFC West-leading 49ers.
Andy Lee choose the tough path of a NFL punter, and he has excelled at a position that gives little credit and a lot of blame. He has been a 49er since Day One and has played exceptionally well, especially as of late. He is one of the main reasons that San Francisco is considered one of the most complete teams in the NFL.
The heavyweight match-up between the Cardinals and 49ers might have been scheduled for 12 rounds, but it was over quickly. San Francisco raced out to the early lead and Arizona could never recover. The end result was an easy win for the 49ers, who have a bye up next and can get healthy in preparation for the stretch run.
The 49ers are been lucky enough to stay healthy so far this year and may have Ted Ginn Jr. back as early as Sunday. The Vikings on the other hands have players missing on both sides of the ball and will have to upset the 49ers and do it short handed.
Andy Lee has made every punt and held every field goal and extra-point attempt—minus a few in the preseason—for the San Francisco 49ers since 2004.
The 49ers shut down the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-3 at Candlestick Park Monday night in a game delayed by two power outages.