Cleveland Browns kicker
Dawson connected on field goals of 53, 47 and 52 yards in the first half before he was relieved of duty by
“It’s fun when they go through, I’ll tell you that much,” Dawson told Browns Postgame Live after the win. “It was some good work. There were some odd situations out there tonight, so it’s always good to execute and to see the ball coming back with the snap, hold and kick it where you’re aiming it, that’s a good thing.”
Early in the game, Dawson converted a 53-yard field goal that cut Green Bay’s lead to four points at 7-3 with 8:43 remaining in the first quarter.
The Browns started their second possession of the game with 14 yards on two
Dawson lined up for a 48-yard field goal try, but a neutral zone infraction from Green Bay moved the attempt up five yards. Dawson converted the try from 43 yards, but a holding penalty on Browns offensive lineman
Despite having to replay the down, Dawson again split the uprights.
Later in the half, Cousins was penalized for a facemask on an extra point try. Dawson had to retry the point-after-touchdown from 35 yards out and made it.
“It’s really tough and with experience, you learn don’t get too high and don’t get too low,” Dawson said. “In my younger days, when I made a kick, I’d get super-excited. The reason you can’t do that now is for that very reason. If you get overly excited and then, there’s a penalty, you gave everything you had emotionally to that kick; now, you’ve got to regroup and it’s hard to do. I try to stay pretty even-keel just in case that happens and it did.”
Dawson’s second field goal try of the night, which was good from 47 yards, was set up by a defensive play.
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Second-year defensive end
Dawson kicked his third field goal of the first half from 52 yards away and extended the team’s lead over the Packers to 16-7 with 1:19 remaining in the first half.
“I want these guys to know their hard work is worth something,” Dawson said, “even when you stall out, when you still put points on the board and you can feel good about what you’re able to accomplish.
“That’s what I see with my role. I’m here to help my team put points on the board. Hopefully, they’ll be a little closer as the year goes on, but I’m very excited to see all of the guys stepping up and Coach (Pat Shurmur) talked about stringing a lot of positive plays together and there’s always going to be negative. How are you going to look at it, though? The preseason’s all about making positive things happen and I think we did that.”