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It took Dawson several days to get over a recent judgment on one of his kicks.

With the Browns leading 14-10 in the fourth quarter on Nov. 20 against Jacksonville, Dawson’s 38-yard field goal attempt was ruled wide right. Dawson, a 13-year veteran who has made 270 career field goals and seven beyond 50 yards this season, was so certain he made his kick turned to shake hands with holder Brad Maynard.

That’s when Dawson saw the two officials standing at the back of the end zone signaling that his kick was wide right. Incredulous and angry, Dawson pointed, traced the direction of his kick and argued to no avail. Dawson, who has a history of bizarre kicks, was then informed his attempt could not be reviewed because it had sailed directly over the upright, adding more confusion.

“The rule states that if the ball is above the upright, it’s good,” Dawson said. “And that ball wasn’t even close to being over the upright. I had a pretty good vantage point.”

The rule Dawson is referring to states: “The entire ball must pass through the vertical plane of the goal, which is the area above the crossbar and between the uprights or, if above the uprights, between their outside edges.”

Dawson’s argument is that rule and its interpretation conflict.

“The rule states that if the ball is directly over the upright, it’s good,” he said. “Well, if you go set a ball directly over an upright, it’s fatter than the upright is wide. So if the ref says he sees part of the ball over the upright, they are going to say it’s no good. Either they need to change the rule or come up with some other way to take some of the subjectivity out of it because it’s a pretty objective play.”

Later that day, the Redskins lost to the Dallas Cowboys 27-24 in overtime on Dan Bailey’s 39-yard field goal, a kick Washington coach Mike Shanahan wasn’t certain went inside the upright.

“I’ll be honest with you, I’m just disappointed they don’t extend (the uprights) by another 10, 15 feet, so there is no question if a ball goes through,’ Shanahan said. “I’ve been like that for years: Why should there even be a question mark?”

Cameras could help, but even they may not be foolproof because of angles and weather conditions.

San Francisco kicker David Akers recalled a kick he made for Philadelphia against the 49ers that was challenged.

“I kicked it from the left hash mark and it came across behind the pole,” Akers said. “But it’s on an angle, so the TV copy looked like (a miss). It’s good by a couple feet, but because of the angle, the trajectory coming across the field, it looked closer by the way the camera was. TV doesn’t really give you the proper perspective.”

Bengals kicker Mike Nugent doesn’t believe the league will make any changes unless there’s a significant increase in the number of controversial kicks.

“If it happens over and over again, once every two weeks and comes out at the end of the season to eight or 10 times, maybe they’ll do something about it,” Nugent said. “If it keeps happening over and over, they’ll make an adjustment.”

Dawson seems to be a magnet for these field-goal follies.

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