ST. LOUIS — Record-setting kicker David Akers showed off a strong left arm to match his left leg in San Francisco's 34-27 victory against the Rams that locked up a first-round bye in the playoffs for the 49ers.
Akers, a former Tates Creek and Louisville standout, wasn't expecting special-teams coordinator Brad Seely's call for a fake field goal, but it resulted in Akers' first career touchdown pass.
It was also Akers' second completion in two attempts — he had an 11-yard pass in 2006 for the Philadelphia Eagles.
"I looked over and Crab was wide open. I was like, 'Oh my,'" Akers said of wide receiver Michael Crabtree. "I underthrew him, but he ran a little slant in there and made it look real smooth for me."
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Coach Jim Harbaugh said the 49ers have been practicing that trick play for 10 weeks, during which time Crabtree said he's told Akers: "Just throw the ball and I got you."
On the play, Crabtree appeared to be leaving the field but stopped just shy of the sideline and no defender followed.
"Kind of like I disappeared on the sideline, but I was 2 feet away, so it worked out," Crabtree said. "They didn't see me. I was just over there really just chillin', waiting on D.A. (Akers) to throw me the ball."
Akers broke the NFL single-season field goal record last week and finished with 44, including five in the first half of the two St. Louis meetings. He missed on a 48-yarder, but clicked from 36 and 42 yards.
After beating the Rams for the second time in five weeks, 49ers players were happy to be getting a break.
Crabtree also caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from Alex Smith in the second quarter for a 14-7 lead, a play Crabtree finished by high-stepping to the goal line.
"It was the little bit of Deion (Sanders) in me and I had to slow it down," Crabtree said.
Sunday's team-high nine receptions for 92 yards made Crabtree the 49ers' leading receiver for the first time in his three-year career. He totaled 73 receptions for 880 yards, just enough to beat out tight end Vernon Davis (67 catches, 792 yards).