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49ers K David Akers looks to return to top form

Updated: November 17, 2012, 6:30 PM ET
Associated Press

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The last thing David Akers wants to do is let down his team. And he's not sure why he even needs to publicly say as much.

Akers has been kicking footballs for a living long enough to know there are some rough stretches -- and he is in a bit of one for the NFC West-leading San Francisco 49ers.

Only a year ago, Akers seemed almost perfect, and he practically was: setting an NFL single-season record with 44 field goals, and missing just eight kicks. This season, ...

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