The Cleveland Browns (0-4) suffered through another disappointing game on Thursday night, but it's hard to blame kicker Phil Dawson for anything that happened during the 23-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Dawson tied an NFL single-game record by converting three field goal attempts from 50 yard or longer during the contest. He hit a 51-yard kick during the second quarter, a 50-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, and finally, from 52 yards late in the fourth quarter to bring the Browns within a touchdown.
Dawson, who is now a perfect 8-8 on field goals this season, joined six other kickers who have accomplished that same feat. The 37-year-old kicker has played his entire career with the Browns, and over the last two seasons he has increased his range to hit more attempts from 50-plus yards than ever before. During his first 12 NFL season, Dawson hit 10 field goals from beyond 50 yards. From the beginning of the 2011 season through Thursday night's game, he has connected on 11 of 12 such kicks.