NFL: Winning start for San Francisco 49ers

49ers, Cowboys, Redskins, Jets start well

The San Francisco 49ers got off to a winning start on Sunday night, beating Green Bay Packers on their own turf.

A record-equalling field goal from David Akers helped the 49ers take a 30-22 victory over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

Alex Smith broke Steve Young's franchise record

Akers’ monster 63-yard effort just before half-time bounced off the crossbar and through the upright.

Only three other kickers – Sebastian Janikowski, Jason Elam and Tom Dempsey – have achieved the feat in the NFL of landing 63-yard field goals.

Akers also slotted over two – closer range – efforts for the 49ers, but he was not the only player in the record books for the franchise.

Alex Smith broke a San Francisco record as he completed his 185th pass without interception to overhaul the previous best held by Steve Young.

Smith completed 20-of-26 passes for 211 yards, two touchdowns and a 125.6 quarterback rating.

Smith connected with veteran wide receiver Randy Moss and tight end Vernon Davis, while Frank Gore rushed for 112 yards and a 23-yard touchdown.

Rival quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 30-of-44 passes for 303 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

Randall Cobb ran a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown, with Jermichael Finley and James Jones collecting scoring passes from Rodgers.