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Clay Matthews’ out-of-bounds hit on Colin Kaepernick leads to skirmish

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A late hit from Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick resulted in a brief skirmish along the sideline and offsetting penalties on both clubs in the second quarter of Sunday’s Packers-49ers game in San Francisco.

The incident occurred as the 49ers faced a 3rd-and-6 at the Green Bay 10. Kaepernick scrambled to his left and headed out of bounds. Matthews left his feet and hit Kaepernick around the shoulders after the quarterback was clearly out of the field of play.

Matthews was flagged for that play, and 49ers offensive tackle Joe Staley drew an unsportsmanlike conduct foul for confronting the Packers’ outside linebacker. (A replay of the Matthews-Staley confrontation on Fox showed Matthews contacting Staley in the facemask area twice, but the replay was only a partial one.)

The result was a replay of third down from the 10, and the 49ers would take care of business, with Kaepernick hitting Anquan Boldin for a touchdown to give San Francisco a 14-7 lead.

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58 Responses to “Clay Matthews’ out-of-bounds hit on Colin Kaepernick leads to skirmish”
  1. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 8, 2013 5:42 PM

    Dirty, Clay. You’re better than that.

  2. cinvis says: Sep 8, 2013 5:43 PM

    Kaep is running scared today. He’s ran 3 times on 3rd down. Twice he ran out of bounds a couple yards short of the 1st down. The other time he slide two yards short of the first down. Last year he would have lowered his shoulder and picked up the first all 3 times. I think he realizes he needs to make through this year healthy before he can renegotiate his contract.

  3. elwaysagenius says: Sep 8, 2013 5:44 PM

    I wish it wasn’t brief.

  4. Norseman says: Sep 8, 2013 5:48 PM

    Matthews should be fined and suspended for throwing a punch.

    Don’t be surprised if Rodgers takes a big blow today too. Seneca better be ready.

  5. jaxdolfan says: Sep 8, 2013 5:49 PM

    Steroids impair your judgement.

  6. Abattoir says: Sep 8, 2013 5:49 PM

    With all the out-of-bounds/late-hits today, something tells me coaches will need to have a few reminders on the subject before next week’s games.

    Such dumb mental mistakes…

  7. cookenbauer says: Sep 8, 2013 5:50 PM

    Late hit out of bounds is such a horribly enforced rule. It should be blatant. Bang bang plays..especially by one from a running qb shouldn’t warrant a flag. The first down was at stake. The defender should have every right to make a play. Worst part of the rule is that the whistle isn’t even blown yet on those.

  8. orivar says: Sep 8, 2013 5:51 PM

    At least he kept his word. He’s going to hit him. I won’t insert any complaints as football is a big boy game.

  9. binkystevens says: Sep 8, 2013 5:52 PM

    Wow just reported that the offsetting penalties meant the down should have counted! Ie should have been 4th and 2. How can the refs screw that up????

  10. thetooloftools says: Sep 8, 2013 5:53 PM

    HUGE BLOWN CALL BY THE REFS ON THE DOWN SITUATION.

  11. kane337 says: Sep 8, 2013 5:53 PM

    The refs screwed up. It should have been 4th down.

  12. mpoles says: Sep 8, 2013 5:55 PM

    With that girly long blond hair, Matthews better be careful in San Francisco…

    (Not that there’s anything wrong with it.)

  13. melikefootball says: Sep 8, 2013 5:56 PM

    Clay as many players are saying hey if it is going to be the QB run run run than he is going to get hit.

  14. scmems07 says: Sep 8, 2013 5:57 PM

    I really am starting to believe that the niners have the Miami heat treatment, first they get the lights out treatment while getting blown out, then bother John hands one of the best receivers to brother Jim for a bag of chips and now the refs give them an extra down to score a td. Hmmmm

  15. thepvyharvin says: Sep 8, 2013 5:58 PM

    Nice play Cindy Brady! How dumb are you?? The 49ers have WAY more dangerous D players to take out Rodgers if it becomes that kind of game.Then where would you be? Wallace,,,hahahaha

  16. aaroncurryisbust says: Sep 8, 2013 5:58 PM

    Badass hit, show that bicep-kissing tool who’s boss.

  17. jskzoocrew says: Sep 8, 2013 5:58 PM

    He acts innocent, but he is a SUPER DIRTY player. I hope they suspend and fine him.

  18. pack13queens0 says: Sep 8, 2013 6:00 PM

    Kaepernick was still inbounds when Matthews hit him. These officials are terrible.

  19. braceyourselffor12 says: Sep 8, 2013 6:02 PM

    @ aaroncurryisthebestseattleeverhad

    Typical of a fan who roots for a bunch of roided out over achievers.

  20. onbucky96 says: Sep 8, 2013 6:04 PM

    So I guess Col. Jessup did order the Code Red on Kapernick?

  21. stairwayto7 says: Sep 8, 2013 6:05 PM

    Roid rage! What happens when Willis does same thing to Rodgers?

  22. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 8, 2013 6:07 PM

    Bring back replacement refs!

  23. filthymcnasty1 says: Sep 8, 2013 6:07 PM

    Nice hustle play!

  24. jack3dsd says: Sep 8, 2013 6:09 PM

    I cant wait for the Packers to win and shut up these 9er fans…until they find some obscure excuse

  25. blacknole08 says: Sep 8, 2013 6:11 PM

    It should have been fourth down. Both penalties occured AFTER the play ended, meaning the down counts.

  26. vienners says: Sep 8, 2013 6:13 PM

    Kaepernick was still inbounds when Matthews hit him. These officials are terrible.

    ____
    Go watch the replay you imbecile

  27. acmepacker says: Sep 8, 2013 6:14 PM

    pack13queens0 says: Sep 8, 2013 6:00 PM

    Kaepernick was still inbounds when Matthews hit him. These officials are terrible.

    ******************
    I don’t think he was still inbounds when Clay hit him but he was still inbounds when Clay launched himself. The call was correct.

  28. gsomatt says: Sep 8, 2013 6:17 PM

    It shoulda been 4th down!

    Way to give SF 4 extra points.

  29. richcranium2112 says: Sep 8, 2013 6:18 PM

    Can’t wait to hear Head WHINER Harbaugh in post-game. SEE! They did it! WAH!!! WAH!!! WAH!!

    Brooks took two steps and drilled Rodgers in the back. Got up and played like a man, not fell limp.

  30. superseahawk says: Sep 8, 2013 6:22 PM

    braceyourselffor12

    Isn’t over achieving a good thing?

  31. taintedsaints2009 says: Sep 8, 2013 6:24 PM

    i’m to the point where i just want a massive, massive bench clearing brawl that basically makes the game unplayable.

    the NFL needs a ron artest incident. damn would that be awesome.

  32. afrancis55 says: Sep 8, 2013 6:27 PM

    Clay Matthews is white trash

  33. romosrevenge says: Sep 8, 2013 6:28 PM

    Why wasn’t the initial penalty, late hit by the overrated prima donna enforced, i.e. first down S.F? THEN the dead ball fouls enforced OR offset? There were three (3) penalties, only 2 dead ball fouls, but no one is talking about Matthews’ cheap shot. S.F. is getting jobbed by the ref’s today. Surprising Harbaugh is putting up with it.

  34. usdcoyotesfan says: Sep 8, 2013 6:32 PM

    Offsetting fouls should’ve made it 4th down. Instead, the 49ers got a touchdown. FIRE BILL LEAVY NOW.

  35. anarchopurplism says: Sep 8, 2013 6:33 PM

    That was quite obviously cheap. QB heading out of bounds when he starts launching himself. Way out of bounds when contacted.

  36. briang123 says: Sep 8, 2013 6:37 PM

    David and Maluga are being trashed, while when it comes to Matthews the announcers are basically snickering and saying “boys will be boys.” Hmmmmm. Maluga and David are minorities, and Matthews is white. What could possible account for the difference in treatment?

  37. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 8, 2013 6:43 PM

    I loved it. And it wasn’t even as bad as they made it seem. He hadn’t even made a step out of bounds yet.

    Keep hitting him. Naturally the refs cheat for SF by giving them an extra down. Staley should have been ejected for throwing punches and Davis has to begin getting flagged for piling onto scrums late. Why does he get away with it, but no other linemen can, without penalty?

  38. iluvbears says: Sep 8, 2013 6:43 PM

    Typical classless play by Matthews.

  39. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 8, 2013 6:44 PM

    romosrevenge says: Sep 8, 2013 6:28 PM

    Why wasn’t the initial penalty, late hit by the overrated prima donna enforced, i.e. first down S.F? THEN the dead ball fouls enforced OR offset? There were three (3) penalties, only 2 dead ball fouls, but no one is talking about Matthews’ cheap shot. S.F. is getting jobbed by the ref’s today. Surprising Harbaugh is putting up with it.
    ————–

    With as much holding that SF gets away with, i can’t imagine how you could bring yourself to say that SF is getting “jobbed” in any way shape or form. The result should have been 4th down, and you’re sitting here saying this. Amazing.

  40. gborange says: Sep 8, 2013 6:48 PM

    For the money they make, I’d take any hit they could pour on me. Sure I might have to be rolled off the field on a plank but it’d be hard to complain with full pockets!

  41. asublimeday says: Sep 8, 2013 6:51 PM

    Packers are filthy.

  42. ponderthedumpoffking says: Sep 8, 2013 6:55 PM

    Two holds on that 3rd down run. Not called.

    How wonderful.

  43. chi01town says: Sep 8, 2013 6:59 PM

    He’s a DIRT BAG, but thats not new
    that whole packers team will start playing dirty when they are losing.
    But that’s expected for this game cause they know they will lose this game

  44. dt58 says: Sep 8, 2013 7:03 PM

    Mathews is dirty and overrated.

  45. denvaluvr says: Sep 8, 2013 7:14 PM

    According to Pararra, they both are dead ball fouls and should have been 4th down. Result is gift 4 PTA to the 9ers

  46. trebor64 says: Sep 8, 2013 7:41 PM

    GB fans first ones to complain about Suh, if the Suh fits…put it on Mathews….

  47. blackhawks2010 says: Sep 8, 2013 7:47 PM

    Shove it down their throats Niners! Love it

  48. pgilbert2013 says: Sep 8, 2013 7:51 PM

    Wow… It seems as though a classy organization for years just brought in the Hansen brothers… Dirty playing today… And the big talk… Well at the end of the day… It’s all about the scoreboard!

  49. swaggerville1 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:15 PM

    The hit on Kap was not as cheap or late as being blogged. Its football NOT golf.

    49er’s are completely over-rated and winning by penalties.

    Prediction 49er’s will be 5-11 for 2013 season.

    Kap will get hit continuously this season.

    Best Wishes to Frisco. Your dynasty is over.

  50. gophersnot says: Sep 8, 2013 8:20 PM

    Hapless and tasteless play by a hapless and tasteless organization.

  51. pgilbert2013 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:33 PM

    Swaggerville, I will gladly take your angry action. If you feel that strongly let’s have a little fun. I will give you my contact info off line and let’s put a dime on it.

    You are just being silly and talking big boy… If not I will give you my contact and since we don’t know each other, I have an ideal solution so that the winner gets paid… Talk is cheap…. Lets do this :-) and we’ll keep it friendly.

  52. ninjapleazee says: Sep 8, 2013 8:52 PM

    Roid Rage

  53. alldonesmith says: Sep 8, 2013 9:14 PM

    Clay Matthews should have been ejected from the game, and the 49ers should have had 1st and goal. Green Bay fans complaining about the officiating should look at the tape again – Staley does nothing but grab Matthews’ jersey and yell at him for a dirty cheap shot clearly designed to injure Kaepernick, and Matthews responds by punching him twice in the facemask.

    to the Packers fans who want some cheese with their whine, you got beat fair and square. if they played this game 10 times, 6 of them would have gone even worse for you than this one did. to the classy Packers fans who gave credit where it was due, good game and see you in the playoffs.

  54. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 8, 2013 9:21 PM

    alldonesmith says: Sep 8, 2013 9:14 PM

    Clay Matthews should have been ejected from the game, and the 49ers should have had 1st and goal. Green Bay fans complaining about the officiating should look at the tape again – Staley does nothing but grab Matthews’ jersey and yell at him for a dirty cheap shot clearly designed to injure Kaepernick, and Matthews responds by punching him twice in the facemask.

    to the Packers fans who want some cheese with their whine, you got beat fair and square. if they played this game 10 times, 6 of them would have gone even worse for you than this one did. to the classy Packers fans who gave credit where it was due, good game and see you in the playoffs.
    —————

    Staley and Anthony Davis should have been also. Staley for throwing a punch, and Davis for constantly blowing up piles after the whistle.

    Two can play that game.

  55. pgilbert2013 says: Sep 8, 2013 9:59 PM

    Both teams are going to have frustrating loses… Your today and ours will come in the future(hopefully not for some time).

    Go kick the crap out of the Redskins and we need to now focus on the Hawks…

  56. mkoutlw32 says: Sep 9, 2013 12:59 AM

    LOL one more thing. Mr Wright has the Niners ranked 23rd in power rankings. If that doesn’t scream biased then it screams moron. It just gets better and better.

  57. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 9, 2013 3:02 PM

    mkoutlw32 says: Sep 9, 2013 12:59 AM

    LOL one more thing. Mr Wright has the Niners ranked 23rd in power rankings. If that doesn’t scream biased then it screams moron. It just gets better and better.
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    Glad to know I have fans and know that I can write anything to rile up the peanut gallery.

  58. ewahjay says: Sep 9, 2013 3:37 PM

    And the NFL announced that Staley should not have been penalized so it should have been a first down.

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