SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Phil Dawson converted 49 of his 50 pregame kicks, even a pair of 58-yard field goals going from each direction. That's about as accurate as San Francisco's veteran place kicker has been in recent years.
So it was a bit startling to watch as he sailed his only two chances during Sunday's 34-0 loss to Denver wide right - first from 55 yards then again from 44.
Dawson planned to return to Levi's Stadium on Tuesday afternoon to get back to work figuring out a new field and its quirks. The grass, like with any new sod, is still getting its roots established and has come up in places. Not that Dawson is complaining about the elements. He can walk some 100 yards from the practice fields to the stadium to practice.