Phil Dawson was named the NFC’s special teams player of the week Wednesday after making all five of his field-goal attempts in Sunday’s 49ers 22-17 victory over the Chiefs, including two from his specialty – beyond 50 yards.
The honor comes a week after safety Antoine Bethea won the NFC’s defensive award for his effort in a win against the Eagles.
With the 49ers struggling in the red zone, Dawson hit from 31, 55, 52, 27, and 30 yards. It was the fourth time he has made two field from beyond 50 yards in one game.
Dawson also was about to attempt a field goal from 54 yards late in the game, but a penalty on the Chiefs gave the 49ers a first down.
“I appreciate the confidence the coaching staff showed there,” he said after the game “I believe (the Chiefs) were in a similar spot in that part of the field and chose to punt. I feed off that confidence. Today was a day I was out there a lot and kind of in the flow of the game. Those are the fun games. They aren’t always that way. Sometimes, you spend the whole game on the sideline and late in the fourth quarter you have to go out there and make a big kick. Those days are a little tougher. Today was a really good day.”
Dawson also noted that the field conditions – terrible during the preseason – have vastly improved since new grass was put down at Levi’s Stadium.
“It plays very well,” he said. “Those guys deserve a lot of credit. It is well documented the struggles we had early. For the field to be as good as it is now is incredible given where we started.”