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"It's nice to see that Akers gets an opportunity to redeem himself, especially in the playoffs," safety Donte Whitner said. "If he does it in the playoffs, I believe that everybody will forget about the misses that he had in the regular season."
Akers revealed last week he underwent double hernia surgery last February, then re-aggravated the area earlier this season when he slipped on the field during practice. After a Nov. 25 game at New Orleans, Akers returned to the doctor in Philadelphia who performed the surgery to receive an injection.
49ers K David Akers tied the NFL record with a 63-yard field goal in the Week 1 meeting but has struggled of late, prompting San Francisco to audition replacements. Veteran Billy Cundiff was signed on Jan. 1 to offer some competition.
The 49ers are no doubt appropriately disappointed, but it's worth noting that Rodgers claimed this week that he no longer harbors intense resentment toward the franchise.
"I don't have the same feeling," Rodgers said on his ESPN 540 radio show. "That interview that I did was probably right after I did my interview at the podium back behind the green room. I got picked maybe 20 minutes earlier. It was an emotional day, a long day. At the time I wanted to play right away and prove … to the other teams that they made a mistake.
"I look at it differently now. [Green Bay] is where I would have wanted to be had I known what I know now, about the kind of working environment this is, the opportunities I would be given, the coaching staff that was going to be here.
"I don't like doing the whole 'what-if' game. I just know that I'm really glad that I fell into God's country here in Wisconsin and had the opportunities to spend my early years the way I did, and have gotten the opportunity to be a starter and play for this team."
The Packers are playing the team with the NFL's highest number of All-Pro players.
That's right, the Associated Press placed six 49ers on the first team, which is generally considered the highest of the NFL's postseason team honors. No Packers players were among the five NFC North representatives; quarterback Aaron Rodgers and linebacker Clay Matthews made the second team.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers wasn't outstanding last week (71.7 passer rating), but he still finished 23-of-33 for 274 yards (8.3 YPA), 1 TD and 0 INT. For his postseason career, he is now 5-2 with a 105.4 passer rating, throwing for 2,055 yards (294 YPG), 16 TD and 4 INT.