ST LOUIS - The 49ers have ridden David Akers' left foot all season. On Sunday, the kicker showed his left arm isn't too shabby, either.
With the 49ers leading 20-10 late in the third quarter, Akers lined up for a 32-yard field goal but instead whipped a pass across the field to receiver Michael Crabtree who had slipped to the sideline unnoticed. Crabtree stepped into the end zone, and Akers had the first touchdown of his career. Crabtree, who also scored from 28 yards, had the first, two-touchdown game on his career.
Akers padded to his NFL record for field goals in a season. Akers struck from 36 and 42 yards, giving him 44 field goals on the season. He also passed Gary Anderson for most non-touchdown points (166) in a season.
-- Matt Barrows