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Phil Dawson flattered by teammates' reaction to 400th field goal

Phil Dawson flattered by teammates' reaction to 400th field goal

SANTA CLARA – The fact Phil Dawson was called upon at all to kick a field goal in the first quarter was a disappointment for the 49ers, who had a first-and-goal situation at the 3-yard line.

But Carlos Hyde’s 4-yard loss and an 8-yard sack of Colin Kaepernick’s pushed the ball back for Dawson to attempt the equivalent these days of an extra point.

But there was something special about this 33-yard kick. Dawson split the uprights, and long-snapper Kyle Nelson broke into a sprint into the end zone to retrieve the ball out of the net.

Dawson was greeted by a number of his teammates, who came off the sideline to congratulate him on his 400th field goal of his 18-year career.

“I’ve always tried to be just one of the guys on the team,” Dawson said. “I never wanted to be the weird kicker that did his own thing. To have that kind of reception means a lot to me given my efforts through the years. I try to be a football player and just go kick the ball on fourth down, so I’ll remember that for a long time.”

Dawson ranks No. 10 on the all-time list of made field goals. The Raiders’ Sebastian Janikowski enters Monday’s game with 401 career field goals.

Said Dawson, “Obviously he’s doing great and climbing the charts himself. It’s nice to have a little active competition.”

Jason Elam, whose final season was in 2009, is next on the list at No. 8 with 436.

Dawson’s milestone provided the 49ers with their first points in a game they would drop, 30-17, to the New England Patriots on a rainy day at Levi’s Stadium.

“In a team game it’s hard to feel good about individual accomplishments,” Dawson said. “Probably when it’s all said and done and I’m no longer a member of the team, I’ll enjoy it a little more. My focus today was not on the 400 but trying to help this team win the game and we came up short in that area.”
 

49ers notes: Raheem Mostert responds to Kyle Shanahan's challenge

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MATT MAIOCCO

49ers notes: Raheem Mostert responds to Kyle Shanahan's challenge

GREEN BAY, Wisc. – After Matt Breida went down with an ankle injury in the 49ers’ Week 5 game, coach Kyle Shanahan turned to No. 3 running back Raheem Mostert.

Mostert fumbled on his first rushing attempt, one of the 49ers’ five turnovers on the day. Then, Shanahan did not sugarcoat what he thought of Mostert’s performance in the loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

“He challenged me in front of the whole team and the whole staff,” Mostert said Monday night after the 49ers’ 33-30 loss to the Green Bay Packers. “He had a talk with me and he said, ‘I know you can do better.'

“I was a little down on myself because I knew I could do better, as well. So when he challenged me, I took that challenge throughout week of practice and preparation.”

And it carried over into the game on Monday at Lambeau Field. Mostert played 23 offensive snaps and produced career-highs with 12 rushing attempts for 87 yards. Mostert was rewarded playing time behind Breida that had previously been designated for veteran Alfred Morris.

“He hit the hole hard,” 49ers left tackle Joe Staley said of Mostert. “He is coached by one the best running back coaches in NFL history in Bobby Turner, so he knows exactly what he is supposed to be doing. He was really pissed about fumbling last week.”

Breida, who was questionable with an ankle injury, was on the field for 27 plays and gained 61 yards on 14 carries. Morris played just one offensive snap and did not touch the ball.

“I thought he ran hard,” Shanahan said of Breida. “We had to stop him a little bit just to keep his health up. Breida is the man. For him to get out there, he was hurting a lot. Battled all week to try to get his body ready to play. He did a good job.”

Time for a third quarterback?

Shanahan has wanted to bring in a third quarterback since Jimmy Garoppolo's season-ending injury, but the organization has held off because of a shortage of healthy players at other positions. When the 49ers determine the time is right, the player the club will add is free-agent Tom Savage, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area.

Savage and Matt Simms were the quarterbacks who stood out to the 49ers when workouts were held two days after Garoppolo sustained a torn ACL in his left knee in a Week 3 game at Kansas City. The 49ers determined Savage would get the call because he has the most experience. Savage, 28, started seven games for the Houston Texans last season.

Savage saw action with the Texans in three seasons, appearing in 13 games with nine starts. He completed 57.5 percent of his passes for 2,000 yards with five touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Savage would come to the 49ers as the No. 3 quarterback, and he would not be active on game days behind starter C.J. Beathard and backup Nick Mullens, as long as both players remain healthy.

This ‘n’ that

Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin returned to action after sitting out Week 5 with hamstring and thigh issues. He caught four passes for 126 yards. He had a 67-yard touchdown reception, one of his career-best two scoring catches.

“Man, I didn’t even know how long it was. C.J. has that cannon,” Goodwin said. “He let it go, and 67 yards later, it is a touchdown. The offensive line held up in protection. It was just C.J. believing in me enough to throw the ball, and that I would beat the safety and we made it happen.” . . .

When the 49ers scored a touchdown on their first drive of the game, it marked the first time since 2014 that the 49ers scored on their first possession in back-to-back games. . .

DeForest Buckner, Sheldon Day and Ronald Blair recorded a sack apiece of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Buckner also had a sack nullified by Richard Sherman’s holding penalty late in the fourth quarter to extend Green Bay’s game-winning drive.

“I can’t have that penalty and give him a shot,” Sherman said of Rodgers. “However I might feel about it, I have to find a way to win that play without getting a flag.” . . .

The temperature at kickoff was 37 degrees, making it the second-coldest October game at Lambeau Field since 1959, behind only the 36-degree Packers-Vikings game on Oct. 26, 1980.

49ers report card: Grading offense, defense in 33-30 loss to Packers

49ers report card: Grading offense, defense in 33-30 loss to Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. – What looked as if it might be an uplifting victory for a team in need of a little good news, instead turned into another heart-wrenching loss for the 49ers.

The Green Bay Packers have Aaron Rodgers. He was the best player on the field, and he made plays in the clutch when the 49ers were looking for someone to step up. The Packers rallied for 10 points in the final two minutes to pull out a 33-30 victory over the 49ers on Monday night at Lambeau Field.

Here are the 49ers’ final grades for the evening.

Rushing offense

Clearly, the 49ers thought they had a speed advantage against the Packers, who proved to be susceptible to the outside zone runs. Matt Breida was banged up with a problematic ankle, but he still managed to gain 61 yards on 14 rushing attempts. Speedster Raheem Mostert had a career game with 87 yards on 12 carries, as he replaced Alfred Morris as Breida's sidekick.

But the 49ers did not get the yards on the ground when they were needed. On the final two drives, Mostert had one carry for minus-1 yard.

Grade: B-plus

Passing offense

C.J. Beathard was very good for most of the game, but he made two costly mistakes in the fourth quarter. He failed to hit a wide-open George Kittle on a third-down play that would have extended a drive deep in Green Bay territory. The 49ers ended up settling for a field goal.

Beathard’s only interception came on his final pass of the game against an all-out blitz. Head coach Kyle Shanahan said Beathard could have chosen other, better options.

Grade: B

Rushing Defense

The Packers averaged 5.5 yards on their 21 rushing attempts. Rodgers had three big scrambles that picked up a combined 34 yards, including a 21-yarder on the game-winning drive.

Grade: C-plus

Passing Defense

As well as the 49ers played in some stretches, they also played very poorly at other parts of the game. Rodgers barely completed 50 percent of his passes, but he threw for 425 yards and two touchdowns. The 49ers also did not generate any takeaways for the second game in a row.

There were still too many blown coverages, and Richard Sherman was called for an illegal contact penalty that kept Green Bay’s game-winning drive alive. After Jimmie Ward left the game in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury, Rodgers went after his replacement, Greg Mabin.

Grade: D

Special Teams

Rookie D.J. Reed lost a fumble in the first quarter on a kickoff return after the Packers tied the score at 7-7. Green Bay scored a field goal off James’ turnover. He was benched in favor of Richie James for the remainder of the game. James had a 32-yard return late in the game, that could have been big if the offense had put together a couple of first downs and moved into position for a game-winning FG attempt.

Robbie Gould made all three of his field-goal attempts, and Bradley Pinion averaged a respectable 40.0 net on three punts.

Grade: C

Overall

Few expected the 49ers to be competitive. They were, and, frankly, they should have won the game. Instead, it was another agonizing loss for the 49ers, who fall to 1-5 on the season.

Again, the 49ers lost the turnover battle. They had three giveaways and no takeaways. The defense, at times, played well, and, at times, appeared confused. One could make a case that Shanahan should have gone back to the run game on the final drive, especially after a 7-yard pass to George Kittle on first down near midfield.

This could be a difficult one to brush aside. And, next up, the Los Angeles Rams come to Levi’s Stadium.

Grade: C-minus