Close game would mean drama for Packers, 49ers kickers

GREEN BAY, Wis. - The 49ers are three point favorites Saturday, so the game could come down to a field goal. If it does, there would be plenty of drama.

2012 was the worst season for six year NFL veteran Mason Crosby. He made only 64 percent of his kicks. However, Head Coach Mike McCarthy stuck with him. And after an 0-2 performance against Chicago, Crosby is five for his last five field goals, over the past three games.

"I can't speak for what all went into all the decisions, but for me, I'm thankful for the opportunity," Crosby said. "Towards the end of the season, I took advantage of it. I had two good games to finish the regular season and was solid in the first playoff game."

The 49ers did not stick with their struggling kicker. They will carry two into Saturday's game. David Akers has missed at least one field goal in five of their last six games, so San Francisco signed Billy Cundiff.

"I feel accountable to my team, my coaches, to this organization," Crosby said. "Every time I go out there, I want to make kicks. I want to compete, I'm a competitor. For me my competition is somewhat against myself."

Converting his lone field goal attempt last weekend, Crosby has now made six consecutive in the postseason going back to 2010. That streak is a Packers franchise record.


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