SANTA CLARA -- Billy Cundiff got his first taste of kicking at Candlestick Park, and he hopes to be doing more on Saturday against the Green Bay Packers.

Cundiff worked out at Candlestick Park on Monday and came away with a favorable first impression. But 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and special teams coordinator Brad Seely haven't announced whether Cundiff or incumbent David Akers will handle the placekicking in the playoffs.

"Interesting," Cundiff said of his first foray into one of the few stadiums he hasn't kicked in during his nine-year NFL career. "It's a little bit smaller than I guess it was going to be. It's unique; it's like an old baseball stadium. I thought I kicked well. I was pretty happy in kicking down there and getting some work."

Naturally, Cundiff was eager to find out what it was like kicking in a stadium notorious for wind gusts and shifting conditions. He did a bit of scouting beforehand.

"I talked to some of the guys here, and they kind of say the same thing," Cundiff said. "A lot of times, you just have to pick your target, trust it and just hope it all works out well."

Cundiff said he isn't fazed by kicking in windy conditions, given he experienced similar conditions in Cleveland, Washington and Baltimore.

He attempted 30-40 field goals Monday, with a long of 57 yards, into the wind. Cundiff said he came up 1 yard shy on the 57-yarder, which is pretty impressive into a strong wind.


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Harbaugh said it's "conceivable" that he will go into Saturday's NFC Playoff game against the Packers with Cundiff and regular kicker David Akers on the 53-man roster and that both might be among the 46 players activated.

Cundiff remains steadfast that if he keeps his head down and works hard, the situation will play out the way it's supposed to.

"I keep looking at the film, try to continue to get better," Cundiff said. "It's pretty nice here. I feel like Coach Seely, since I was with him in Cleveland, we kind of have some history there, and you can tell he's trying to work with me just to make me better.

"Whether that turns out to helping me play in a game, that's to be determined. But, my focus is just on continuing to get better."

Cundiff last kicked in a game Oct. 7 for the Redskins. He had seven workouts after being waived by the Redskins and before he signed with the 49ers last week.