Should the 49ers stop going for field goals and instead just run, pass, or punt the ball on 4th down? Seriously, David Akers has been a mess this year and the newly signed Billy Cundiff can't be much better, so why not continue the practice that started in the 49ers' season finale?
Just go for it on 4th down? There's been plenty of statistical analysis and research on the merits of a team going for a 4th down conversion instead of risking a missed field goal and giving up lucrative field position. Normally, I wouldn't give that research much consideration but for the fact that David Akers looks more like Garo Yepremian these days than a guy who set the single-season record for most field goals made last year.
The 49ers were 2/2 on 4th down conversions in their season finale victory against Arizona. I know this 49ers team isn't known for sustaining drives or 3rd down conversions, but if the 49ers are in enemy territory, going for a field goal makes about as much sense as punting the ball, meaning neither makes much sense at all.
Besides, would you rather see Cundiff or Akers attempt a field goal on 4th & 3 from 40 yards out, or hand the ball off to Frank Gore and trust him to pick up a few yards to extend a drive?