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.

44 responses to “David Akers ties NFL record with 63-yard field goal

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.
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    they’re replacement refs, what do you expect? They’ve been missing calls on both sides.

    Great kick by Akers!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

    Coaching makes a difference.

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. 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!!

  18. 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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