- Paul Gutierrez, ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter
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Sure, Phil Dawson earned a game ball from a certain corner of the sports media universe following his five-field-goal performance that propelled the San Francisco 49ers to a 22-17 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
But he was also feted by others Wednesday as the placekicker was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
Against the Chiefs, Dawson's five field goals were one off his career high for most in a game -- he was 6-for-6 for the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 5, 2006 -- and they came from 31, 55, 52, 27 and 30 yards. It was the fourth time in his 16-year career he had kicked at least two field goals from more than 50 yards in a game, the first time since 2011.
Of course, the flip side of the coin is that Dawson’s leg was needed so much because the Niners had so many red-zone issues.
“I’m sure the coaches would say five extra points would be better,” Dawson said after the game. “There are days like this where you are out there and everything is going well, and there are days when it’s not. It doesn’t really matter. It’s not that romantic. It’s pretty simple.
“When they say go kick a field goal, I trot out there and try to make the kick. That is pretty much what it is.”
San Francisco 49ers kicker Phil Dawson was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after kicking five field goals Sunday.