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Beat-up Candlestick Park grass likely to favor defenses

11:55 PM, Jan. 8, 2013
San Francisco 49ers place kicker David Akers kicks a field goal with punter Andy Lee holding in the regular-season finale Dec. 30 against the Arizona Cardinals in San Francisco. The condition of Candlestick Park's playing surface could affect the kicking game as well as the Green Bay Packers' pass-heavy offense in Saturday's NFC divisional playoff.
San Francisco 49ers place kicker David Akers kicks a field goal with punter Andy Lee holding in the regular-season finale Dec. 30 against the Arizona Cardinals in San Francisco. The condition of Candlestick Park's playing surface could affect the kicking game as well as the Green Bay Packers' pass-heavy offense in Saturday's NFC divisional playoff.
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On Monday, new San Francisco 49ers kicker Billy Cundiff posted some photos on Facebook of the playing field at Candlestick Park. The grass didn't look good.

Cundiff and the 49ers' other kicker, David Akers, were at Candlestick as part of their competition to determine who will handle the team's kicking duties against the Green Bay Packers on Saturday night in the divisional round of the playoffs.

The photo drew national media attention, especially because the poor condition of the grass at Washington's FedEx Field in a playoff game Sunday was fresh on the minds of football fans and ...

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