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49ers stay with K Akers for playoff game

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The San Francisco 49ers are sticking with struggling kicker David Akers for Saturday night's NFC playoff game against Green Bay.

The 49ers signed veteran Billy Cundiff last week to challenge Akers for the job, but Akers won out during practices the past nine days.

"I think, suffice it to say, we feel confident in David giving us the best chance to win," San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh said Thursday.

Akers has converted 29 of 42 field goal attempts this year after making the Pro Bowl last season. In the last eight games of the regular season, Akers made 15 of 23.

Despite his woes, Akers managed to fend off Cundiff, who will remain with the 49ers.

"Good. Responded like a football player does," Harbaugh said of Akers' competition against Cundiff. ""Competed and not really more to say about it."
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