SANTA CLARA -- David Akers said he's taking a positive attitude into Super Bowl XLVII despite what he termed a "head scratcher" season with the 49ers.
Akers missed his only field-goal attempt in Sunday's NFC Championship win at Atlanta when that 38-yard try hit the top of the left upright.
"I haven't had personal success this year ... but if we end up winning this, it'll be one of the coolest team seasons I've been a part of," Akers said Friday at his locker.
Akers, a 14th-year veteran, has missed 14 of his past 38 attempts. He made 44 of 52 attempts last season, both NFL records.
On Monday, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh committed to Akers as his kicker for the Feb. 3 Super Bowl in New Orleans against the Baltimore Ravens, who are coached by Harbaugh's brother John.
"We all have great faith in David. He's done a lot for our team," Jim Harbaugh said. "I believe he's really hitting the ball well, consistently now for weeks. I can't agree that he is in a slump."
Having had double-hernia surgery almost a year ago, Akers said he's not battling through an injury, though he did note that he recently lost the nail on his right (plant) foot's big toe.
Akers has kicked in a Super Bowl before, and he did so with John Harbaugh coaching him as the 2004 Philadelphia Eagles' special teams coach. That team came up short in the Super Bowl to the New England Patriots 24-21, and Akers didn't get a chance to attempt a field goal.
Akers said he "thinks the world" of the Harbaugh family and he offered this comparison of the brothers: "Their similarities are that they're all about hard work, dedication and having a positive attitude. Their personalities are a little different. John is more internalizing, and Jim's more emotional and players feed off him."
Akers called the Super Bowl spectrum a "neat experience" that he urged his 49ers teammates to take a moment and soak it all in.