San Francisco 49ers kicker David Akers has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after breaking the NFL single-season mark of converted field goals. With four successful tries on Saturday in Seattle, Akers now has 42 made field goals on the year, topping the previous NFL mark of 40 set by Neil Rackers in 2005.
Akers joins punter Andy Lee (Week 15) and Ted Ginn Jr. (Week 1) as 49ers to be named Special Teams Players of the Week this year. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was named the NFC Offensive Player of Week while New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul took home NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
- Akers made four field goals (53, 29, 44 and 39 yards), including the game-winner, and scored 13 points in the 49ers’ 19-17 win at Seattle.
- He has made 42 field goals this season and passed Neil Rackers (40 in 2005) for the most field goals in a single season in NFL history. His 39-yard field goal with 2:57 remaining in the game put the 49ers ahead for good as San Francisco improved to 12-3 on the year.
- Akers, who was named to his sixth Pro Bowl, has scored a career-high 156 points. His 156 points are the most in a single season in franchise history, surpassing the mark set by Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice (138 in 1987).
- In his 13th season from Louisville, this is Akers’ seventh career Player of the Week Award and first since 2005 (Week 12 with Philadelphia).
- This is the second consecutive week a 49er has been honored on special teams (punter Andy Lee, Week 15). Lee and Akers are the first punter/kicker teammates to be named Player of the Week in consecutive weeks of a season since 1997 when kicker John Kasay (Week 2) and punter Ken Walter (Week 3) accomplished the feat for the Carolina Panthers.
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