Phil Dawson wins NFC special teams player of the week

AP

For the second time since Week Four, Phil Dawson missed a kick last week.

But the 49ers kicker also hit at the right time, with a game-winning 40-yarder pushing his team to the playoffs.

So for the second time this month, Dawson was named NFC special teams player of the week, after also winning the award in Week 14.

Dawson has hit 32-of-36 field goal attempts and all 42 of his extra points for the 49ers this year.

That gives them much more confidence going into the postseason than a year ago, when they were bringing in competition for David Akers because of his struggles.

4 responses to “Phil Dawson wins NFC special teams player of the week

  1. I’m a Niner fan and glad he won, but it seriously should have gone to someone else. I know hitting the game winner is cool (even in a game that had little playoff implication), but I just can’t justify giving it to a kicker that missed a field goal.

  2. The award should have gone to Austin Pettis of the Rams, who with a single 32 yd punt return prevented the Seahawks from breaking the season record for fewest punt return yards.

    As the Seahawks have no real trophies in the trophy case, they were excited about a BS record like this one. But as they have every season in their existence, they came up short once again.

  3. Definitely deserving! The lone field goal he missed was a short no-pressure chipshot that he took for granted. His other field goals, especially the 58 yarder, were high-pressured and clutch in the game. That matters a lot more than a 30 yard run back.

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