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Phil Dawson named NFC special teams player of week

Andy Lee, Phil Dawson AP

The 49ers were worried they were a kicker away from a championship team last year, and made a move to upgrade by signing Phil Dawson this offseason.

The move has paid off, as he’s been nearly perfect.

Dawson was named NFC special teams player of the week for his four-field goal performance in a win over the Seahawks. The last one was the decider, a 22-yarder with 26 seconds left.

But he’s hit 20 straight field goals, setting a 49ers franchise record. With that kind of accuracy, they’re probably not going to need to bring kickers in for insurance in the postseason, like last year when David Akers was shaky.

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20 Responses to “Phil Dawson named NFC special teams player of week”
  1. brownmud says: Dec 11, 2013 11:07 AM

    Phil is awesome, happy to see him play for a contender.

    On the other hand, he may show signs of fatigue come post season as he is usually on vacation that time of year.

    Go Browns.

  2. lionstigersandwingsohmy says: Dec 11, 2013 11:10 AM

    I was expecting it to be Ross from the lions. Now, I may be a little partisan, but 4 field goals in a game is not that extraordinary. Ross had a punt return for a TD and a kickoff for a TD in the same game. Now, that does not happen very often.

  3. anilpmathews says: Dec 11, 2013 11:12 AM

    What about Jeremy Ross from the Lions? He returned a punt and kickoff for touchdowns in the snowbowl in philly.

  4. savocabol1 says: Dec 11, 2013 11:16 AM

    I hope Browns Management see this and cry.

  5. mubbcsoc says: Dec 11, 2013 11:51 AM

    Unfortunately for Jeremy Ross, the Lions lost. Fortunately for Phil Dawson, he is running the franchise record for consecutive field goals.

  6. bigcali4life says: Dec 11, 2013 11:52 AM

    I must say that Dawson has been worth every penny this year. In 2011, the Niners were kept in 80% of their games because of how good Akers was that year. Last year they were in games in spite of how bad he was. Until/if the WR crops are fully healthy Dawson gives the Niners a 2011 feel. Especially with how good the defense has been this year.

  7. greglandry says: Dec 11, 2013 12:02 PM

    Ed Hochuli still apologizing to Goodell for not saying Ross stepped out of bounds on both of those returns. Neither return should have happened. Of course Fairley or Suh were not on the field for the plays, so Hochuli couldn’t utilize the “phantom penalty call on the bad rep guys” either.

  8. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Dec 11, 2013 12:11 PM

    Wow it’s nothing short of insane that Jeremy Ross didn’t win it. Who votes for these awards?
    He only had a kick return and a punt return for a touchdown and a really nice tackle on kickoff coverage.
    And a kicker wins the award for making 4 field goals? If there was ever any doubt about the existence of anti Lions bias this erases it.
    What a travesty and a joke.

  9. kriswd40 says: Dec 11, 2013 12:20 PM

    Who picks these? What a joke, huge snub for Ross.

  10. poridge1214 says: Dec 11, 2013 12:25 PM

    Forget about Jeremy Ross and his return TD’s, or Dawson’s game-deciding FG’s. Those happen every week of every season.

    How many kickers have hit field goals of 64 yards in the history of the NFL? Shouldn’t he get the award for the week?

    And I’m a Niners fan.

  11. modown0 says: Dec 11, 2013 12:37 PM

    Phil Dawson: 23 yard fg, 48 yard fg, 52 yard fg, 22 yard fg, 1 extra point. Essentially 2 field goals and 3 extra points.

    Jeremey Ross: 58 yard punt return TD, 98 yard kick return TD, 46 yard kick return, 243 total yards, and 1 tackle for a loss on punt coverage.

    Yep this makes sense that Dawson won, he accounted for 13 points and Ross only counted for 12 points…smh

  12. modown0 says: Dec 11, 2013 12:40 PM

    poridge1214 says:
    Dec 11, 2013 12:25 PM
    Forget about Jeremy Ross and his return TD’s, or Dawson’s game-deciding FG’s. Those happen every week of every season.

    How many kickers have hit field goals of 64 yards in the history of the NFL? Shouldn’t he get the award for the week?

    And I’m a Niners fan.

    ___________________________________

    Key words here are NFC, as impressive as that kick was, he can’t win an award in the opposite conference.

  13. jaglazer says: Dec 11, 2013 1:06 PM

    niners getting nfl darling treatment & lions getting jobbed… nothing unusual here

  14. granadafan says: Dec 11, 2013 1:11 PM

    Huge Niners fan. I’m happy for Dawson, but the award should have gone to Jeremy Ross. Plus he did got away with making a snow angel. LOL.

  15. macjacmccoy says: Dec 11, 2013 1:13 PM

    How did Ross not win? Not only did he have a kick and punt return for a td, he also had 3 other long returns that didnt score.

  16. tywebb76 says: Dec 11, 2013 1:46 PM

    @modown0

    This the award for NFC Special Teams player of the week. Matt Prater plays in the AFC and shockingly, he did win the award for suchan amazing and rare feat. Made even more amazing by the fact that he didn’t do it with a “club” foot (it was at elevation though so it should have a bit of an asterisk, especially considering Dempsey’s kick was in New Orleans and from below sea level.

  17. riterboy says: Dec 11, 2013 1:58 PM

    @tywebb76

    FWIW, a friend who used to live in Denver told me that the elevation doesn’t have nearly the same effect in cold weather. If it did, why wouldn’t teams try 65-70 yard field goals on a regular basis?

  18. riterboy says: Dec 11, 2013 2:13 PM

    It’s the NFL — No Frickin’ Lions (Said in Dr. Evil voice)

  19. ripster65 says: Dec 11, 2013 3:04 PM

    lionstigersandwingsohmy says:
    Dec 11, 2013 11:10 AM
    I was expecting it to be Ross from the lions. Now, I may be a little partisan, but 4 field goals in a game is not that extraordinary. Ross had a punt return for a TD and a kickoff for a TD in the same game. Now, that does not happen very often.
    ————–
    Good point! It might have something to do with him practically beating Seattle w/his foot while the kick returns didn’t do anything to help Detroit win…maybe? I’m not by any means arguing, just taking a guess…

  20. kwjsb says: Dec 11, 2013 6:12 PM

    Way to go Phil,
    We missed you Sunday
    Browns Fans

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