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January 1, 2012
Akers' left leg, uh, arm hurts Rams

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



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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