Dawson named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week

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Dawson named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week
December 31, 2013, 8:45 am

Phil Dawson has been named the Special Teams Player of the Week four times over his 15-year career. (USATSI)

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Kicker Phil Dawson was named NFC Special Teams Player of the week for the second time in four weeks, the NFL announced on Tuesday.

Dawson hit a go-ahead 56-yard field goal and the game-winning 40-yarder in the final 1 minute, 45 seconds of the 49ers’ 23-20 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Dawson provided the winning points as time expired.

It is the fourth time in Dawson’s 15-year career he has been named player of the week. He spent his first 14 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. He won the honor in Week 14 after going 4-for-4 on field goals in the 49ers' 19-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

Dawson missed a field goal earlier in the game to halt his 49ers-record streak of 27 consecutive made field goals.

With three field goals on Sunday, he finished with 32 on the season – the second-most in franchise history behind David Akers (44 in 2011). Dawson scored 140 points on the season, also second in team history behind Akers’ 166 in 2011. Dawson surpassed Jerry Rice (138 points in 1987) on Sunday.