The San Francisco 49ers have a claimed a second consecutive player of the week honor. A week after Antoine Bethea was named NFC defensive player of the week, Phil Dawson was named NFC special teams player of the week for Week 5. Dawson converted all five of his field goal attempts in the 49ers 22-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Two of those conversions were beyond 50 yards.
Dawson struggled in the preseason, and missed his only field goal attempt in Week 1. There were concerns about his future given his age, and people immediately started thinking of David Akers struggles a couple years back. For now that is a thing of the past. Dawson has 11 of his last 12 field goals, including nine straight the last two weeks. The 49ers red zone offense has struggled to convert touchdowns, but Dawson has been there to at least get them three points.
Dawson is very aware of how precarious his work is as a kicker. After Sunday's game, he talked about how he knew his job was one week at a time. Things can flip on a dime for a kicker, but for now, Dawson is kicking as well as anybody in the NFL.