Then again, one more yard probably would have prevented Akers from entering the record books, as his kick hit the crossbar before bouncing up and over to give the 49ers a 16-7 halftime lead.
“I tried really hard to get it there,” Akers said. “I didn’t think I actually hit it that great, I was like, ‘Oh well, it was fun to give it a shot.’ Then I was like, ‘Wait, it’s still kind of going.’
“When you hit the goalpost, whether it’s the crossbar or the upright, it usually makes a really loud and obnoxious sound coming back at you. It went through and I think that’s about the biggest miracle I’ve seen in a long time.”
Akers has made 22 field goals of 50 yards or more during his 15-year NFL career. His previous best was a 57-yarder for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2003.