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49ers' Akers surprised self with 63-yard field goal

  • San Francisco 49ers kicker David Akers reacts after kicking a 63-yard field goal during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in Green Bay, Wis. Akers tied an NFL record with the field goal. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

SANTA CLARA — David Akers' mouth fell open and his eyes popped as he threw his arms into the air in both celebration and disbelief. Somehow, a field goal from 63 yards out had gone in — after bouncing off the crossbar and through the uprights.

Moments later, San Francisco's spot-on kicker was mobbed by teammates as the 49ers headed into halftime of last week's season-opening victory at Green Bay with a 16-7 lead.

Akers' facial expressions became nearly as big a deal in the highlight reels as the kick itself, which just so happened to tie an NFL record for longest ever.

Even the All-Pro Akers didn't think he had struck it just right this time. And that's saying something coming from the guy who set a single-season record with 44 field goals last year.


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