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Friday, December 14, 2007

Dawson coming through with playoffs on the line



By Tony Grossi

December 14, 2007

Phil Dawson is 22-of-25 overall in field goals and 6-of-8 from 40 yards and more.

Kicker Phil Dawson, the longest-tenured Browns player, has been money in the bank during the Browns' playoff drive.

Since coming up 3 feet short from 52 yards on that game-tying attempt as time expired in Pittsburgh's Heinz Field, Dawson has made 9 of 10 field goals.

Included are pressure kicks, such as:

The 51-yard deflection off the crossbar support in Baltimore to send that game into overtime, followed by a 33-yarder to win it.

A 49-yarder in the driving rain early in the fourth quarter in Giants Stadium, which affected Jets coach Eric Mangini's questionable strategy thereafter.

The six points Dawson accounted for against the Jets pushed his season total to 104, a career-high for him in nine seasons here. He's 22-of-25 overall in field goals and 6-of-8 from 40 yards and more.

"It's been the most rewarding season just because of the way the team's doing," Dawson said. "It's pretty well documented how we've struggled through the years. Yeah, I'm the only guy left from the first team, but we have several guys who've been here a while. To see everybody coming together and being able to win some football games around here, that's as rewarding as it gets for me."

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