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Phil Dawson Makes Five Field Goals in 49ers Win

Posted Oct 5, 2014

The San Francisco 49ers veteran kicker made five field goals in a come-from-behind home victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Phil Dawson has made 11 field goals through five games this season.

All 11 of the made kicks have sailed through the extended uprights inside of Levi's® Stadium.

Dawson, 39, supplied five more makes to his career field goal total of 348.

Tack on an extra point and Dawson supplied 16 of San Francisco's 22 points in a five-point victory over the visiting Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Dawson came up huge for the 49ers in a come-from-behind victory. He made kicks from 31, 55, 52, 27 and 30 yards out.

“No expiration date on Phil Dawson," Jim Harbaugh said after the 49ers improved to 3-2 on the year. "Let’s put that down. There is no expiration date on Mr. Phil Dawson."

The 49ers coach raved about his 16-year veteran nailing a pair of 50-yard kicks in a closely contested game that saw both teams combine to score one second-half touchdown.

"He just stepped up and knocked them down," Harbaugh said. "Excellent again on the kickoffs. He made some real, strong, important kicks today that won us the football game."

After Dawson connected on his fifth field goal, he promptly pinned the Chiefs with a touchback. Rookie running back De'Anthony Thomas could not return Dawson's booming kick; he could only catch it on the heels of the end zone.

Following the big win, Dawson was greeted in the locker room by offensive line coach Mike Solari.

"Great job, Phil!" said Solari as he extended his hand for a firm shake.

"Thanks for getting us down there," Dawson said back to the position coach.

San Francisco scored one touchdown on its four red-zone possessions on the day, but Dawson's comfort in his new stadium made him a reliable weapon against Kansas City.

“I joked with you guys earlier that it only took me about 10 years to get comfortable in Cleveland," Dawson, the former Browns Pro Bowler said. "I still have a lot of work to do. Today was a good day. My existence is one kick at a time. Even if you have good results, you have to get ready for the next one.”

Harbaugh considers his kicker to be "a football player," which is the ultimate compliment, according to the coach's unique lexicon.

"If he doesn’t make those (kicks) it changes the game, changes the field position," Harbaugh said. "He stood up there and knocked them down like a Hall of Famer. I feel awesome for Phil, he can stand in front of the mirror and say, ‘I’m Phil Dawson. I’m a football player.’”

Dawson just so happened to be in the room as Harbaugh made those comments.

His response?

“At 39 years old, I don’t enjoy looking in the mirror very much," Dawson said. "I’ll pretend to be a football player without looking in the mirror.”


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