In brief: Akers matches mark at 63 yards
NFL: San Francisco 49ers kicker David Akers bounced a ball off the crossbar and through the uprights from 63 yards away just before halftime, tying an NFL record in Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.
Akers hit a low line drive that caromed off the crossbar and kept going forward instead of bouncing back onto the field. A wide-eyed Akers raised his arms in triumph and let out a yell to celebrate.
The three other kickers to hit 63-yarders were Denver’s Jason Elam in 1998, New Orleans’ Tom Dempsey in 1970 and Oakland’s Sebastian Janikowski in 2011.
Manning throws 400th career TD
NFL: Denver quarterback Peyton Manning has become the third player in NFL history to throw 400 career touchdown passes.
Peyton joined Dan Marino and Brett Favre in the select group when he connected with wide receiver Demaryius Thomas for 71 yards early in third quarter to give Denver a 14-13 lead.
Favre has 508 career TD passes, Marino 420 and Manning 401.
Schaub signs 4-year extension
NFL: Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub signed a four-year contract extension.
Schaub, acquired in 2007 in a trade from Atlanta, announced his new deal and thanked team owner Bob McNair, general manager Rick Smith and coach Gary Kubiak after the Texans opened the season with a 30-10 win over Miami.
Schaub completed 20 of 31 passes for 266 yards and a touchdown pass to Andre Johnson on Sunday.
“I’m very excited to continue to make Houston our home,” Schaub said. “My wife and I are raising our kids here, so we’re very excited to be a part of this community. Just excited for this opportunity.”