SAN FRANCISCO — The 49ers finished the season with a flurry. They won the NFC West for the second straight season and earned a playoff bye. And yet everything is not peachy in Harbaughland.
David Akers, the best placekicker on the planet a year ago, continues to vex the Niners with his inconsistency.
He missed two more field goals in Sunday's victory, from 44 and 40 yards, and is now 29 of 42 for the season. (He also made two kicks, from 43 and 26 yards.)
Last year Akers hit 44 of 52 attempts and set an NFL record of 166 points without a touchdown.
To make matters worse Sunday, he also appeared to injure his left (kicking) ankle while converting an extra point late in the third quarter.
Akers finished the game, but coach Jim Harbaugh twice kept his offense on the field on fourth-and-6 rather than attempting mid-range field goals.
Even after all his woes, Akers, 37, seems to have the support of his teammates.
"Everybody has mistakes," tight end Vernon Davis said. "Guys drops balls, guys miss tackles, people miss kicks. It's OK. I mean, we won the game. It's all right. I mean, he'll bounce back. We can't be hard on him."