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SANTA CLARA – Kicker Phil Dawson, who booted five field goals in the 49ers’ 22-17 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week on Wednesday.
Dawson’s field goals included kicks from 55 and 52 yards – the fourth time in his 16-year career that he made multiple field goals from 50 yards or more in the same game.
“He stood up there and knocked them down like a Hall of Famer,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. “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 heard Harbaugh's remark and responded, "At 39 years old, I don’t enjoy looking in the mirror very much. I’ll pretend to be a football player without looking in the mirror.”
Dawson’s strong day came, in part, because the 49ers’ offense could not finish the job on three of their four trips inside Kansas City’s 20-yard line.
But his big day provided a large contribution to the 49ers’ second consecutive victory.
“I’m sure the coaches would say five extra points would be better,” Dawson said. “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.”
In his first season with the 49ers, Dawson set the team record with 27 consecutive made field goals.