Kicking competition heads to Candlestick

Harbaugh on Akers vs. Cundiff: 'We have a leader in the clubhouse'

Kicking competition heads to Candlestick
January 7, 2013, 12:00 pm
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UPDATE (8:22 p.m.): Photos posted on the Candlestick Park Tours Facebook page indicate that only Cundiff took part in the practice Monday afternoon at Candlestick Park under the direction of special-teams coordinator Brad Seely.

SANTA CLARA -- David Akers and challenger Billy Cundiff are scheduled to continue their kicking competition Monday at Candlestick Park, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said.

The 49ers play the Green Bay Packers on Saturday (5 p.m.) in an NFC divisional-round playoff at Candlestick Park, and the team has yet to decide which kicker will handle the chores. Harbaugh said no date has been set when the 49ers plan to make a decision.

"We have a leader in the clubhouse and we'll see how that goes today and tomorrow," Harbaugh said. "It's good competition and we're working through it."

Akers, who made just 29 of 42 field-goal attempts in the regular season, is in competition against Cundiff, whom the 49ers signed last week to compete for the job. Harbaugh said the "leader in the clubhouse" is based on the two practices last week.

"We have some other issues that need to be fixed, too," Harbaugh said. "We got to shore up our protection. That needs to be better. We've had too much penetration. We've had extra points tipped. We got split at the wing. There has to be an understand that that needs to improve as well. We've been working on it."

Harbaugh said both kickers will likely remain on the 49ers' 53-man roster, and it's possible both may be on the 46-man active roster and suit up for the game.

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