SANTA CLARA -- Coach Jim Harbaugh made it abundantly clear Monday that there won't be another kicking controversy between now and the Super Bowl.

"The decision has been made: David Akers is our kicker," Harbaugh said at his weekly news conference.

Harbaugh said the same thing Jan. 10, two days before the 49ers played the Green Bay Packers in an NFC Divisional Playoff game at Candlestick Park.

Akers validated that decision by converting a 36-yard field goal against the Packers in his lone attempt. However, Akers missed from 38 yards against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday in the NFC Championship game on his only attempt. Akers' kick veered left and hit the top of the upright.

There's no telling if Harbaugh's decision was influenced by the 49ers not being able to re-sign Billy Cundiff, who competed with Akers to kick in the postseason during the two-week break between the end of the regular season and the Packers game.

League rules stipulate that players cut during the postseason can't sign with another team until after the Super Bowl. The 49ers waived Cundiff on Friday, the day they departed for Atlanta. He had signed with the 49ers on Jan. 1 and spent a week or so competing with Akers for the kicking job.

Akers is 30 for 44 on field-goal attempts in 18 games this season. Harbaugh watched Akers kick before the Falcons game and liked what he saw.

"He had an outstanding pregame," Harbaugh said. "He was hitting the ball really well."


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Akers struck the ball well on the kick he missed against the Falcons, but it hooked left and struck the upright.

"It's a game of inches, one way or the other," Akers said after the Falcons game. "I struck the ball well, and it clangs on top of the goal post. If you figure that one out, let me know."

When asked if he expects to kick in the Super Bowl, Akers said: "I'm here until they tell me otherwise."