Jim Harbaugh wasted no time in telling the media that there won't be any changes at the kicker position. He said he will stand by David Akers even though Akers missed a 38-yard field goal on Sunday.
"The decision has already been made," said Harbaugh. "David Akers is our kicker."
Harbaugh said he watched Akers practicing before the game and saw that he kicked well. Akers has made one out of two kicks in the postseason this year. The 49ers will be unable to re-sign Billy Cundiff after waiving him on Friday. NFL rules state that if a player is released in the postseason, they cannot return until the playoffs are over.
In regards to the NFC Championship game, Harbaugh said the Atlanta Falcons played a great game and it was a thriller. Tony Gonzalez, Julio Jones and Roddy White gave the 49ers defense fits, according to Harbaugh.
"What a tremendous game it was," said Harbaugh. "I thought the play of the Atlanta Falcons was outstanding, very physical on their defense. They were flying around making plays in the secondary and linebacker position. Matt Ryan made some incredible throws near perfection."
Ryan finished the game with 396 passing yards and three touchdown passes to go with one interception. Gonzalez was doubled teamed during his touchdown catch which frustrated the 49ers initially.
Harbaugh said he was proud of the team for fighting through adversity after trailing 17-0. While there is only one Super Bowl in the NFL, Harbaugh had multiple Super Bowls in mind this season.
"We were set out to win three Super Bowls this season," said Harbaugh. "Two of them we won. The actual Super Bowl comes in less than two weeks. We need to get back to work and get ready for this game. I'm forever proud of the fighters on our team."