|San Francisco 49ers kicker David Akers reacts after kicking a 63-yard field goal during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in Green Bay, Wis. Akers tied an NFL record with the field goal. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)|
49ers' Akers ties NFL record with 63-yard FG
GREEN BAY, Wis.—San Francisco 49ers kicker David Akers bounced a ball off the crossbar and through the uprights from 63 yards just before halftime, tying an NFL record in Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
Akers hit a low line drive that caromed off the crossbar and kept going forward instead of bouncing back onto the field. A wide-eyed Akers raised his arms in triumph and let out a yell to celebrate.
The three other kickers to hit 63-yarders were Denver's Jason Elam in 1998, New Orleans' Tom Dempsey in 1970 and Oakland's Sebastian Janikowski in 2011.
Akers' third field goal of the half helped the 49ers take a 16-7 lead over the Packers at halftime.