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Morning Tailgate: Dawson Ready for December

Posted Nov 26, 2013

With his 49-yard, fourth-quarter field goal on a frigid Monday night, the 49ers veteran kicker showed that he has the strength for winter-weather conditions.


The 49ers are going to play more tightly-contested games than their lopsided 27-6 victory over Washington on “Monday Night Football.”

But, over its remaining five on the schedule, San Francisco will compete on similarly grand stages and frigid fields.

This is why Phil Dawson’s performance in the team’s Week 12 road win was so encouraging.

Kicking in 35-degree Landover, Md. weather and in a must-win game, Dawson nailed both of his field goal attempts: from 29 yards in the second quarter and 49 yards in the fourth, when the wind chill had cooled further.

The latter field goal was more impressive. It provided insurance in the immediate, sure, but it also gives the 49ers confidence heading down the stretch.

Dawson, a 15-year veteran at age 38, spoke in September of his workout habits and the unfair and incorrect assumption “that being a kicker doesn’t require strength.” To kick in the cold, Dawson needs the same momentum he enjoyed in October.

For now, it helps that he’s hot: The ex-Cleveland Browns specialist, who is 16-for-19 overall this season, has made 13 consecutive field goals, spanning seven games and giving him the sixth-longest streak in franchise history. He has five more games to match predecessor Joe Nedney, who executed 18 straight three-pointers over the 2006 and ’07 seasons.

For more storylines surrounding the team, check out this edition of Morning Tailgate links, presented by State Farm.

Roman Stubbs of the San Jose Mercury News wrote about Vernon Davis’ homecoming.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle quoted Jim Harbaugh on Michael Crabtree.

Taylor Price of 49ers.com wrote about the 49ers returning return game.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com zeroed in on the play of Colin Kaepernick.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee focused on the Kaepernick-led offense.

Peter King of the Monday Morning Quarterback said San Francisco is back.

 

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