With Monday being an extremely light day in Bay Area Sports (just one game on the schedule), it’s worth taking a look back at one San Francisco 49er who enjoyed a huge day on Sunday.
It’s not Colin Kaepernick or Michael Crabtree, nor Frank Gore or Vernon Davis.
No, it’s kicker Phil Dawson.
The 38-year-old out of Texas got a chance to kick in the postseason for just the second time in his 15-year NFL career on Sunday in frigid Green Bay.
Call it the downside (OK, one of many downsides) to spending 14 years in Cleveland.
For Dawson, Sunday was his first playoff game in exactly 11 years—he kicked two field goals and three extra points in the Browns’ 36-33 AFC Wild Card Playoff loss at Pittsburgh after the 2002 season … on Jan. 5, 2003.
He inverted those numbers in Green Bay on Sunday with two extra points and three field goals, including the game-winner at the gun as the 49ers advanced to the NFC Divisional Playoff next Sunday at Carolina.
Of course, on a day like Sunday—with wind chills well below zero—the one thing a kicker should have been able to do is keep his cool.
Here’s The Docket, such as it is, for Monday:
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: William Jessup Warriors at Saint Mary’s Gaels, 7 p.m.
It will be the first-ever meeting between the Gaels and the NAIA Warriors from Rocklin and William Jessup’s second step up in weight class to take on an NCAA Division I foe. The Warriors lost at Sacramento State on Dec. 14, 85-54. The Gaels come in off a weekend split to the northern end of the West Coast Conference, with a Thursday loss at Gonzaga and a Saturday win at Portland.
Warriors at Milwaukee, 5 p.m.
Portland at Kings, 7 p.m.
Sharks at Nashville, 5 p.m.