Phil Dawson giving 49ers what they need

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Phil Dawson missed both of his field-goal attempts when the San Francisco 49ers played at St. Louis in Week 4.

That was the last time he missed.

Dawson will head into the 49ers’ home game against the Rams on Sunday on a big roll. He has made 13 consecutive field goals, including seven in the past three games.

Dawson is giving the 49ers everything they were looking for when they signed him in the offseason. David Akers struggled last season, and the 49ers were looking for more consistency. After a fairly slow start -- he missed three of six attempts in the first three games -- Dawson has been his usual solid self. .

And during his streak Dawson has hit several long field goals; he is known for his accuracy on long attempts. His season long is a 55-yarder at New Orleans.