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David Akers ties NFL record with 63-yard field goal

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David Akers still has plenty of strength in his 37-year-old leg.

Akers, the veteran kicker for the 49ers, nailed a 63-yard field goal on the final play of the first half today at Lambeau Field, tying the NFL record for the longest ever. Tom Dempsey, Jason Elam and Sebastian Janikowski have also made 63-yard field goals; only Akers and Dempsey have done it outside the mile high elevation of Denver.

The kick, which bounced off the crossbar before going through the goal posts, was Akers’ third made field goal of the game, and it came at the end of a first half in which the 49ers were very effective against the favored Packers in all phases of the game. Alex Smith has passed well, including hitting Randy Moss for a touchdown, and the 49ers’ defense has been impressive in holding the Packers’ high-powered passing game in check.

At halftime, the 49ers lead the Packers 16-7.

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44 Responses to “David Akers ties NFL record with 63-yard field goal”
  1. muathjam21 says: Sep 9, 2012 6:10 PM

    Akers from acres!

  2. ndirish10 says: Sep 9, 2012 6:11 PM

    What a great kick!!!!

  3. randomramfan says: Sep 9, 2012 6:11 PM

    That was totally SWEET!!!

  4. coondabye says: Sep 9, 2012 6:12 PM

    Awesome!!!

  5. eaglesfan94 says: Sep 9, 2012 6:13 PM

    Love Akers, no matter who he plays for. Great job big guy!

  6. thelionsrgreat says: Sep 9, 2012 6:13 PM

    How in the heck did the refs miss 3 yes 3 false starts in a row. Good for niners, but really bad for the game in general.

  7. epping16 says: Sep 9, 2012 6:13 PM

    The officiating has been terrible both ways. I was saying we will be fine without the normal refs, but after watching a half of this game, it’s time to get a deal done.

  8. newagerocker says: Sep 9, 2012 6:14 PM

    Good thing the Eagles let him go 2 years ago since Henry missed a 42 yarder today.

  9. packhawk04 says: Sep 9, 2012 6:15 PM

    Ive been on the nfls side with officials, but i think the refs set a record with calling the wrong team on a block in the back and giving the pack ten extra yards, and allowing the niners to run four straight plays with false starts without calling them.

  10. lilrob10201 says: Sep 9, 2012 6:15 PM

    This man will be in the H.O.F.I still do not know why my Eagles let him go.

  11. slumdog66 says: Sep 9, 2012 6:16 PM

    Impressive.

  12. skeebo80 says: Sep 9, 2012 6:17 PM

    Akers for president

  13. nfcbeastly says: Sep 9, 2012 6:18 PM

    Best part about Akers kick compared to Elam or Seabas is that he did NOT kick it in Denver, always easier for a kicker to boot one given the thin air aspect. And the bounce off the crossbar was so sweet, made it that much better.

  14. hipstercagematch says: Sep 9, 2012 6:19 PM

    The “real refs” are only so good cause they have been around so long they are conditioned to the speed of the game. I think as the season progresses these replacement refs will improve. Today terrible though

  15. reppster says: Sep 9, 2012 6:20 PM

    Thelionsrgreat, stop whining you little bi*ch!

  16. 49erstim says: Sep 9, 2012 6:21 PM

    That David Akers is something else. What a great kicker and great free agent acquisition from last year.

  17. andrewproughcfe says: Sep 9, 2012 6:22 PM

    Please, please win, 49ers. I can’t stand another 14 weeks of ESPN’s breathless “Rodgers is God” and “Packers will go 19-0 this year” on radio and TV, 24/7.

  18. geniusfan says: Sep 9, 2012 6:23 PM

    The 49ers don’t look like the fluke people pegged them as….

  19. jusford says: Sep 9, 2012 6:23 PM

    The officiating in this game sucks.

  20. huskersrock1 says: Sep 9, 2012 6:23 PM

    One inch shorter and he wouldn’t have made it. Awesome doink!

  21. cosanostra71 says: Sep 9, 2012 6:25 PM

    thelionsrgreat says:
    Sep 9, 2012 6:13 PM
    How in the heck did the refs miss 3 yes 3 false starts in a row. Good for niners, but really bad for the game in general.
    —————————————————-

    they’re replacement refs, what do you expect? They’ve been missing calls on both sides.

    Great kick by Akers!

  22. myhornispurple says: Sep 9, 2012 6:26 PM

    I hope green bay loses. Moss catches game winner……

  23. nflfollower says: Sep 9, 2012 6:27 PM

    Packers look pretty average….or are niners that good? Either way, my lions will have to play a lot better next week to earn a win at candlestick.

  24. contra74 says: Sep 9, 2012 6:29 PM

    What’s this? Whispers of how bad the refs are coming from the packer gallery?

  25. judsonjr says: Sep 9, 2012 6:29 PM

    I’m surprised the refs didn’t rule it no good for hitting the crossbar.

  26. joshmelder says: Sep 9, 2012 6:33 PM

    (Of course this is a game that actually matters to me) But this is the first game where I have been furious with the officiating.

  27. williamxl22 says: Sep 9, 2012 6:34 PM

    I don’t usually get excited over field goals, but hearing the “bonk” and then watching the ball bounce through was awesome.

  28. racksie says: Sep 9, 2012 6:42 PM

    Sweet kick. Couldn’t have whoever was in the end zone jumped to try to block it? Oh, well the refs would have blown that call too, somehow.

  29. fdugrad says: Sep 9, 2012 6:43 PM

    I remember when Dempsey kicked it for The Saints, I think. He had that sort of half shoe as he had only a partial foot. I believe he had only a partial hand as well. It doesn’t seem as though it happened as long ago as it did, however it was many years ago. It was quite a story in it’s time due to the hardships Mr. D. dealt with as a kicker.

  30. staffordsyear says: Sep 9, 2012 6:50 PM

    Pack are getting served:)

  31. davisjosh20 says: Sep 9, 2012 7:00 PM

    I see you, Tates Creek! (the high school in my home town of Lexington, KY, Akers went to) I played soccer against him. Sort of. He was a keeper, I played defense. 2 of my fave kickers have done it now.

  32. golfore says: Sep 9, 2012 7:03 PM

    Did the 49ers bring their own officials to this game? I have never seen so many missed calls. Unbelievable.

  33. contract says: Sep 9, 2012 7:20 PM

    “The 49ers don’t look like the fluke people pegged them as….”

    Coaching makes a difference.

  34. genvarsh says: Sep 9, 2012 7:25 PM

    and eagles released this guy. idiots.

  35. dannythebisforbeast says: Sep 9, 2012 7:27 PM

    Another class act unceremoniously dumped by the Eagles. Sh’ould have retired an Eagle.

  36. phloorioisanarcissist says: Sep 9, 2012 7:34 PM

    Wow. I hope Williams gets fined for that hit on Gore for leading with the crown of his helmet. Then, no penalty on SECOND illegal block in the back on return. Next play. VERY LATE call, pass interference on 49ers. What a crock.

  37. philliephaninva says: Sep 9, 2012 7:47 PM

    My man, David Akers! Only player whose jersey I have every bought. I may have to get his 49er jersey now.

  38. pens5829 says: Sep 9, 2012 7:58 PM

    Drug test him

  39. phloorioisanarcissist says: Sep 9, 2012 7:59 PM

    I am not a 49ers homer but I might start becoming one. Alex Smith gets so much criticism but he has had a new OC every year since entering the league. Largely discredited, but he continues to prove the naysayers wrong. Nice group of receivers. Good running game and a great defense. Great coaches. Watch out NFC.

    Oh yeah, and great KICKER!

  40. ravensoriolesnation says: Sep 9, 2012 8:05 PM

    off the post crossbar great kick

  41. kleppnasty says: Sep 9, 2012 8:21 PM

    Didn’t a bucs guy do this in Philly a few years back? Bryant I think. Anyway, amazing kick by Akers, class act.

  42. genvarsh says: Sep 9, 2012 9:39 PM

    well, he missed 2 or 3 kicks in a playoff game and eagles lost 2 years ago, so what eagles do? they fire the guy! real clever, so this year SF might go all the way…………. and eagles????? oh, they will fire andy reid.

  43. phillyphannn83 says: Sep 10, 2012 1:30 AM

    He also missed two kicks in the Superbowl and we lost by 3. He earned his way out of Philly and his replacement set an NFL record last year.

    But that’s in the past. It really sucked to see him not do well at the end of his time here, but I couldnt be happier to see him get it back! Always loved having him on my team and the guy’s a class act all the way! We still love ya DA!!! Glad to see you succeed!!

  44. crawfishtale says: Sep 11, 2012 12:57 AM

    I listened on WWL AM radio to the Saints/Lions game as the Saints got the ball deep in their territory with only a tiny amount of time left in the game. QB Bill Kilmer quickly and unexpectedly led the offense in a few plays to the site where Tom Dempsey’s club foot blasted the ball through the uprights on the last play of the game to win the game. The ball sailed 63 yards in old, non-domed Tulane Stadium. What a great day for NFL football and for Saints fans,….much unlike the recent Redskin scalping.

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