Monday, December 09, 2013
Phil Dawson kicks a 22-yard field goal with 26 seconds remaining to put the 49ers ahead 19-17. Photo: Thearon W. Henderson, Getty Images
By Eric Branch
December 8, 2013
After spending the first 14 seasons of his career in Cleveland, 49ers placekicker Phil Dawson had to adjust to some new surroundings this season.
"I've just been trying each and every day to continue to get better," Dawson said, "and settle in a little more."
That appears to be going quite well.
Dawson had the best game of what's been a brilliant debut season in Sunday's 19-17 win over Seattle, setting a franchise record and drilling four field goals, including a 22-yard game-winner with 26 seconds left.
With his third field goal - a 52-yarder in the second quarter - he broke Joe Nedney's franchise record for consecutive successful field-goal attempts (18). During his streak of 20 straight made kicks, Dawson has field goals of 53, 55 and 52 yards. He's made 23 of 26 attempts this season with misses from 48, 53 and 71 yards.
"I try not to think about" the streak, Dawson said. "I try to treat every kick the same. You have to have a bad memory. Unfortunately, I have a really good memory, so I can remember my last miss."