SANTA CLARA — David Akers and Billy Cundiff were taking their competition to be San Francisco’s playoff kicker to Candlestick Park on Monday.
Coach Jim Harbaugh said there’s a “good chance” both kickers will be on the roster for Saturday’s NFC divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, though he didn’t specify whether each would be among the 46 active players but did say “that’s conceivable.” Harbaugh indicated one of the two has already earned a lead for the job but wouldn’t say who it is.
The 49ers (11-4-1) signed Cundiff on Jan. 1 to compete for a job with the struggling veteran Akers, who has made just 29 of 42 field-goal tries this season after connecting on 44 of 52 in 2011.
“We have a leader in the clubhouse,” Harbaugh said as his players returned to work after taking the weekend off. “We’ll see how it goes today and tomorrow. It’s been good competition. We’re working through it.”
NOTES: Harbaugh said defensive lineman Justin Smith is expected back after he partially tore his left triceps. “We look very much forward to having him back in the lineup,” Harbaugh said. ... Playoff tickets for Saturday sold out in less than 3 minutes Monday.