Niners give Akers the boot

On top of the NFL one season, out the door the next. The 49ers released six-time Pro Bowl kicker David Akers on Wednesday, ending a two-year run of record-breaking highs and frustrating lows for the veteran and the team with which he shattered league records.
March 6, 2013

Divisional matchups: Special teams

In Part 5 of our five-part series previewing Saturday night's NFC divisional playoff game, beat writers Bill Huber of and Craig Massei of break down the special teams units for both teams. The units are mirror images: Excellent returners and punters but suspect kickers.
January 12, 2013

Akers gets the boot: He'll kick vs. Packers

David Akers is keeping his job as San Francisco's starting kicker. For now, anyway. Coach Jim Harbaugh made the announcement after practice Thursday, two days ahead of the 49ers' NFC divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers (12-5) at Candlestick Park.
January 10, 2013

Let the kicking competition begin

Billy Cundiff, sporting a crisp new white No. 6 jersey, had an impressive first day of practice with the 49ers while kicking alongside struggling veteran David Akers as coach Jim Harbaugh closely watched. Cundiff signed a one-year contract with the NFC West champion Niners to compete with Akers as Harbaugh and his staff determine who will handle the kicking duties for the Niners in the playoffs.
January 4, 2013

Niners take rest and bring in new kicker

As Jim Harbaugh sent the 49ers into a mandatory three-day break to ''rest their minds, rest their bodies,'' San Francisco's coach and his staff busily began playoff preparations for the NFC divisional round in less than two weeks.
January 2, 2013

Game matchups: 49ers/Dolphins special teams

NinersDigest's Craig Massei and DolphinDigest's AlainPoupart break down the matchups of Sunday's inter-conference game between the 49ers and Miami Dolphins. Here we take a look at what to watch when the special teams units are on the field.
December 8, 2012

Niners not concerned with upset Akers' psyche

As punter Andy Lee and long snapper Brian Jennings playfully practiced their golf swings in the 49ers locker room earlier this week, the usually delightful David Akers had no time for laughs while getting dressed for his next meeting.
December 5, 2012