He also had a 21-yard attempt blocked by Red Bryant in a 42-13 loss at Seattle on Dec. 23, and Richard Sherman returned it 90 yards for a touchdown. Yet Akers has made at least one field goal in 33 consecutive games, the second-longest such streak in NFL history.
Cundiff was released by the Washington Redskins on Oct. 9 after missing 5 of his 12 field goal attempts. The journeyman Cundiff joins his sixth team in 10 NFL seasons. He has also played for Dallas, New Orleans and Cleveland.
He has stayed ready week after week by counting down the NFL season on a whiteboard in his garage, where he works out.
"I was always mentally prepared for whatever situation was going to happen. I've been doing this for a while now," Cundiff said.
He can certainly relate to some of what Akers is going through.
"Well, everyone deals with it a little different. It's tough," Cundiff said. "As my wife and I have talked about, things are a little different when you're in the fire. It's tough to find the right perspective that you normally get in the offseason."
Notes: Defensive lineman Justin Smith practiced with a brace over his injured left arm as he recovers from a partially torn triceps muscle that sidelined him for the final two regular-season games. "You just go out there and play 'til you can't and be ready," Smith said. "I feel like I'll be ready."
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