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Mike McCarthy: Packers will stay above Jim Harbaugh’s comments

San Francisco 49ers coach Harbaugh talks with Green Bay Packers coach McCarthy after they defeated the Packers in their NFL NFC Divisional playoff football game in San Francisco Reuters

San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh got riled up about the sideline melee that erupted in Sunday’s game with the Packers. Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy is taking a more mild-mannered approach.

Harbaugh ripped Packers linebacker Clay Matthews for a “cheap shot” on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and told Matthews that if he wants to be a “tough guy” he should have “come with some knuckles” instead of slapping 49ers offensive lineman Joe Staley. McCarthy said he talked to his team about Harbaugh’s comments, but that he won’t respond to Harbaugh publicly.

“Clay Matthews is not a dirty player, by no means,” McCarthy said. “I addressed Harbaugh’s comments in the team meeting, and as always, we’ll stay above it.”

By vowing to stay above Harbaugh’s comments, McCarthy is suggesting that Harbaugh’s comments are beneath him. Which is a nice way to take a shot at Harbaugh while declaring that he won’t stoop to Harbaugh’s level.

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  1. packattack1967 says: Sep 10, 2013 7:21 AM

    Harbaugh is ridiculous. He’s winning games but what a tool.

  2. jrebar88 says: Sep 10, 2013 7:23 AM

    Jim Harbarf makes the 49ers look classless, and makes them a hard team to root for. I hope Seattle shows the exact same toughness all week. Will he cry about it again next Monday? #DB4L

  3. jbeagles23 says: Sep 10, 2013 7:24 AM

    Harbaugh is a bum. Stop crying already

  4. jofig56 says: Sep 10, 2013 7:25 AM

    McCarthy has always shown class and it was at its best after the “Fail Mary”

  5. mattsffrd says: Sep 10, 2013 7:25 AM

    “Clay Matthews is not a dirty player, by no means,”

    LMFAO

  6. steelerdynasty2010 says: Sep 10, 2013 7:29 AM

    well if he hadnt been chest thumping all offseason about it, i’d be more inclined to agree that the hit wasnt dirty and/or intentional. dirty player? not ready to make that leap, but he’s obviously got some dirty in him and it showed on that play.

  7. packerswin96 says: Sep 10, 2013 7:29 AM

    Good stuff MM. GoPackers

  8. rpiotr01 says: Sep 10, 2013 7:29 AM

    If McCarthy didn’t blow a gasket over the Fail Mary, he sure as hell isn’t going to react to Harbaugh.

    Can this be over now? What manufactured drama…

  9. beerbratscheese says: Sep 10, 2013 7:32 AM

    Here in Wisconsin we rename streets after our coaches and players. I hear California is thinking of renaming Napa Valley after Harbaugh.

  10. rutchaser says: Sep 10, 2013 7:32 AM

    I don’t like Harbaugh’s constant whining but I wish Marvin Lewis had his competitive attitude.

  11. acmepackers says: Sep 10, 2013 7:33 AM

    Jim Harbaugh, Rex Ryan and Pete Carroll are cut from the same cloth. Clownish buffoonery.

  12. zoxitic says: Sep 10, 2013 7:35 AM

    By saying that, you just failed to do so.

  13. skoobyfl says: Sep 10, 2013 7:37 AM

    You lost so talking is not needed.

  14. rodgohard says: Sep 10, 2013 7:38 AM

    So McCarthy wants to stay above the fray now that the game is over. Where was all this character pre game when this same player announced his intentions, and then he goes out and actually makes a horrendous play. Can you imagine it being Peyton Manning being clothes line 5 yards out of bounds and his coach saying no big deal. Please.

  15. wafflestomp says: Sep 10, 2013 7:42 AM

    Clay Matthews hit on Kaep was certainly out of character for him.
    After over 4 years in this league, I can’t recall another personal foul call against him and to label him a dirty player is unfair. People make mistakes, we all do.

    Harbaugh has demonstrated his boorish behavior several times and this is just another instance. Typical.

    Matthews owned up to his mistake after the game, as he should have.
    Glad McCarthy and the rest of the team are choosing the classy way to end this.

  16. ihaterogergoodell says: Sep 10, 2013 7:43 AM

    “By vowing to stay above Harbaugh’s comments, McCarthy is suggesting that Harbaugh’s comments are beneath him. Which is a nice way to take a shot at Harbaugh while declaring that he won’t stoop to Harbaugh’s level.”

    Exactly. This guy is such a bag of wind. Great coach though, but he could afford to keep knuckle-dragger Matthews in check.

  17. 319hike says: Sep 10, 2013 7:44 AM

    Didn’t Harbaugh break his hand when he punched Jim Kelly for calling him a baby?

  18. packmanjones says: Sep 10, 2013 7:44 AM

    He is. Well above him in terms of class, maturity, and manhood. But of course every coach and most people in general are above Jim Harbaugh in those categories.

  19. duece5 says: Sep 10, 2013 7:44 AM

    Oh yes, the fake “image” excuse that McCarthy always spews.

    Yep, so CLASSY a franchise that sir Roid….errr, Matthews, hits the roid rage button, and “slaps” Staley.

    So classy an organization that why does everyone leave? Favre, Lombardi……..hmmm……yes, stay classy gbay!!!!!

    Truth is, gbay not in same class as niners, so what can he say?!

    I am not a niner/Harbaugh fan by the way, Harbaugh is just a whiner anymore.

  20. chi01town says: Sep 10, 2013 7:45 AM

    You are NOT above anything. Clay tried to hurt Kap and that’s all there is too it. Harbaugh has the right to say what we all saw happen.the Green bay packers are NOT ABOVE ANYONE ELSE IN THE LEAGUE. when they know they cant win they play dirty football. and another game between the Packers and 49ers would turn out the same way. Green bay CAN NOT BEAT THE
    49ers not in green bay or San Francisco or on the moon it wont happen. except it packers fans

  21. puckfitt says: Sep 10, 2013 7:48 AM

    Harbaugh was being sarcastic, why is everyone getting so bent out of shape?

  22. jerrykill4pres says: Sep 10, 2013 7:49 AM

    Fabio won’t be around much longer once HGH testing is in place.

    Harbaugh, zip it… Tired of your whining and crying, and trying to find a way for your team to beat a rule.

    SF is good. They don’t need you whining and crying to get some sort of advantage to win. Your attitude is kind of holding them back.

    Fabio is right though. Hit the read option qb’s as much as you can. Just doesn’t need to be clotheslined 5 yards out of bounds.

  23. jimmysee says: Sep 10, 2013 7:51 AM

    Borrowing from Catskills slang, Harbaugh is a tummler.

    So is Rex Ryan.

  24. wryly1 says: Sep 10, 2013 7:51 AM

    Harbaugh may know how to coach football, but as a human being, he’s shown himself to be a hot-headed, immature a-hole.

  25. hendeeze says: Sep 10, 2013 7:52 AM

    If you knowingly break the rules in such a manner that puts a player’s health at risk, that is exactly what being dirty is. While Clay may have not been considered dirty player prior to this game, the magnifying glasses are on him now.

    It’s easy to claim Harbaugh’s comments are beneath him, when it was his own team who was guilty of the dirty play. What can he say? The video seen by millions speaks for itself.

    And Packer fans who try to defend Clay, you’re acting like Detroit Lions fans. Stop

    End of the day, if Matthews hadn’t launched at Kap, it would have been 4th and 2.

  26. binkystevens says: Sep 10, 2013 7:54 AM

    Well said. Great coach. And unlike Harbaugh, he’s got the SB ring to back him up.

  27. 40for60alldaybaby says: Sep 10, 2013 7:55 AM

    What can McCarthy possibly say? Mathhews took a cheap shot on a defenseless qb who was clearly out of bounds. GB’s defense is still horrible; SF exposed it (again).

  28. 40for60alldaybaby says: Sep 10, 2013 7:56 AM

    What can McCarthy possibly say? Matthews took a cheap shot on a defenseless qb who was clearly out of bounds. GB’s defense is still horrible; SF exposed it (again).

  29. rogergoodellhere says: Sep 10, 2013 7:57 AM

    Keeping it classy

  30. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Sep 10, 2013 7:58 AM

    Clay Mathews is no better than imadik suh. They should both be banned from the NFL for being the cheap-shot artists they are.

  31. roadbiscuit says: Sep 10, 2013 7:58 AM

    “The biggest problem with Harbaugh’s remarks is that they were cheesy lies. Matthews’ shot on Kaepernick was not premeditated. Harbaugh’s shot on Matthews was. Sneaky allegations are unbecoming of a successful leader; they are the stuff of slip ‘n’ fall specialists and system beaters. A shove out of bounds is a necessary part of football. Nasty innuendo is not.” -Mike Tanier

  32. jrmbadger says: Sep 10, 2013 7:59 AM

    This is one of the reasons I like McCarthy. He understands the old adage that you can wrestle with a pig, but the problem is that you both get dirty but the pig likes it.

    His answer to Harbaugh’s pregame comments were great too “We know the rules.”

    His answer to Jennings was also great when he criticized Rodgers this offseason: “something happens to you when you put on that purple”

    He has a great way of getting his point across without sounding like the Jim Harbaughs of the world – whiny and arrogant.

  33. andrewlucksneard says: Sep 10, 2013 8:03 AM

    Meanwhile the 49ers will “stay above” the Packers in the win/loss column

  34. kdjanssen says: Sep 10, 2013 8:03 AM

    Or, it could be an “adult” way of answering a question.

  35. bruiseddeath says: Sep 10, 2013 8:03 AM

    IMHO, that is the best way of responding to ‘Harbaugh’ speak….

  36. explosionsauce says: Sep 10, 2013 8:04 AM

    The 49ers will remain above the packers in the standings

  37. stanmarshmorelikestandarsh says: Sep 10, 2013 8:05 AM

    Is there a bigger whiner/jerk in sports than Jim Harbaugh?

  38. infectorman says: Sep 10, 2013 8:06 AM

    Jim Harbaugh is an embarrassment to PeeWee/Pop Warner coaches everywhere

  39. calicokiller49 says: Sep 10, 2013 8:06 AM

    But McCarthy didn’t even give Mathews a dirty look when he came back to the sideline, after his little episode. Kind of looks like to me he’s a little light in the spine department. Yeah McCarthy, you’re above it, one thing I know, when its time to go, and teammates are involved , it’s time to go……

  40. howsaboutit says: Sep 10, 2013 8:08 AM

    Stay classy Mike. Good job

  41. knucklehead93 says: Sep 10, 2013 8:08 AM

    Too late to take the high road, Fat Man.

  42. melikefootball says: Sep 10, 2013 8:11 AM

    Some coaches have class others are a Hairbaugh.

  43. localoutlaw says: Sep 10, 2013 8:12 AM

    I can’t believe Harbaugh’s parents are still living in Wisconsin….

  44. zappa69 says: Sep 10, 2013 8:12 AM

    Well being a die hard Vikes fan and hating the Pack and their fans on a daily bases I have to say McCarthy is right.

  45. herephishyphishy says: Sep 10, 2013 8:13 AM

    McCarthy loves saying nothing. an Orangutan in a packers jacket could do his job

  46. southridge23 says: Sep 10, 2013 8:14 AM

    “We’ll stay above…”

    I rarely pay attention to Packer affairs but Im starting to see the arrogance that Viking fans are always accusing them of being..

  47. golforepar says: Sep 10, 2013 8:15 AM

    McCarthy = Class
    Harbaugh = Classless

  48. chrismatthewsucks says: Sep 10, 2013 8:16 AM

    Cheater fraudbaugh at it again.

  49. scoops1 says: Sep 10, 2013 8:17 AM

    Stay classy Jim

  50. thegronk87 says: Sep 10, 2013 8:18 AM

    Super bowls – Mccarthy: 1. Jim harbaugh: 0

  51. mnlogic says: Sep 10, 2013 8:19 AM

    Simple example of: Class over ass!

  52. chalkruz1989 says: Sep 10, 2013 8:19 AM

    This is typical Jim Harbaugh. Speaking out and trying to anger opponents with his mouth. The 49ers won the game and played very well, but for Harbaugh he has to overshadow that by opening his mouth.

  53. meatsweat says: Sep 10, 2013 8:20 AM

    A tough guy ex-QB is still an ex-QB. I’ll take Clay, Schwartz, and Suzy Kolber in a tussle over him any day of the week. All that barking is getting old fast.

  54. f1restarter says: Sep 10, 2013 8:20 AM

    Harbaugh never seems to stop whining. McCarthy is 100% right, the Packers should just concentrate on football instead of playing these petty games with the 49ers’ d-bag coach.

  55. contra74 says: Sep 10, 2013 8:21 AM

    Clay is a complaining cheapshot artist.

  56. 9ueenbee says: Sep 10, 2013 8:21 AM

    Clay “Cheapshot” Matthews should’ve been ejected. Staley should not have been penalized. Refs suck as hell. GB just ugly. Zero proof in McCarthy’s comment.

  57. nickynick04 says: Sep 10, 2013 8:21 AM

    Harbaugh is a NUTCASE.
    He is out of control.
    Clay Matthews III is NOT a dirty player.
    He comes from NFL royalty.
    I would not be surprised if Clay’s father and uncle have a message for the ” NUTCASE “.

    McCarthy is correct as to not go public with addressing The Nutcase’s comments.

    Harbaugh sure does whine a lot.

    Yes Clay’s play was a penalty.
    BUT , it was NOT around the QB’s neck , it was his chest , it was not 5 to 7 feet out of bounds it was a foot…..Harbaugh is a NUTCASE

    How many NFL coaches call out another teams player as DIRTY.
    NOT MANY.

    Stay classy NUTCASE

  58. medtxpack says: Sep 10, 2013 8:23 AM

    McCarthy is always the bigger man.

  59. bgrillz says: Sep 10, 2013 8:24 AM

    Just something for the media to keep asking teams and players to get a reaction. Kudos to coach Mac for trying to put an end to this dumb issue. Harbaugh should probably keep his mouth shut when it comes to fake tough guys, and stop whining and crying so much. Can’t wait to see his head pop after the physical play the Seahawks deploy vs them Sunday night.

  60. northpackalacky says: Sep 10, 2013 8:25 AM

    Harbaugh is a punk (and was a crappy QB). MDS and Florio are trolls. Nothing new here.

  61. nitro276 says: Sep 10, 2013 8:26 AM

    There is a notable difference in character and class between the Harbaugh brothers. After stupid comments like that, I am REALLY glad John beat Jim in the Super Bowl last year.

  62. ropelie says: Sep 10, 2013 8:26 AM

    typical move by the classiest coach in football. Glad McCarthy is on our side

  63. mavajo says: Sep 10, 2013 8:27 AM

    It was a dumb play. Clay Matthews has admitted it was a dumb play. He was penalized, and he’ll probably be fined. What else do you want?

    Crybaby Harbaugh can’t shut up about it. The sad thing is, if Harbaugh wasn’t such a raging douche, I’d probably find myself rooting for the 49′ers some. They were the gold standard when I was a kid, and there was something just not right in the world about them sucking so hard the last 10+ years. They’re one of those franchises that just makes the NFL better when they’re good.

    But Harbaugh is such an intolerable clownshoe that I find myself despising the 49ers and pining for them to become irrelevant again. Just S-T-F-U already.

  64. kenstabler says: Sep 10, 2013 8:27 AM

    Thank you Mike, we all know Jim needs some time to grow up.

  65. andygraham says: Sep 10, 2013 8:28 AM

    …and that’s how you do it.

    Harbaugh, take note.

  66. whatjusthapped says: Sep 10, 2013 8:34 AM

    Harbaugh’s lack of class was on full display after the 40-whiners lost the Superbowl.

    It should come as no surprise that he is flapping his jaws after the penalty and even less of a surprise that he is still talking the day after.

    Why not? Its not like he is out on the field dealing with the physical consequences of his comments. Punk move by a punk coach.

  67. jimthebuilder27 says: Sep 10, 2013 8:36 AM

    Not a fan of McCarthy, but this guy is a class act. After last year’s “Fail Mary” he refused to lash out at the replacement refs, and even reached out to the hea referee of that game to check in to see how he was doing.

    Jim Harbawl, you should learn from this guy!

  68. wtfru2 says: Sep 10, 2013 8:38 AM

    McCarthy is too gutless to “come with HIS knuckles”.

  69. tv426 says: Sep 10, 2013 8:39 AM

    I actually liked JH when he was at Stanford but he has proven himself to be the biggest ninny in the NFL.

  70. longhairdontcare66 says: Sep 10, 2013 8:39 AM

    I’ve never seen Mike this intense and it’s amazing. Jim Harbaugh is a great coach but he’s so annoying.

  71. overweightman says: Sep 10, 2013 8:47 AM

    Actions speak louder than words. Clay Matthews is the same as Suh, a one trick pony who’s dirty.

  72. 60oldschool says: Sep 10, 2013 8:48 AM

    I wonder if Harbaugh would say that to Matthews face ?

  73. koolaidcircusbeast says: Sep 10, 2013 8:48 AM

    Jim Harbaugh is more like the class tattle tail than bully of the NFL.

  74. pw1265 says: Sep 10, 2013 8:49 AM

    Nice job Mike, continue to show what a classy orginization is all about!!!!

    We have heard enough from the “cry babies are us” team.

  75. pkrjones says: Sep 10, 2013 8:50 AM

    Good approach, Mike, although it’s not too difficult to stay above Harbaugh’s whining and taunting. Would be a great coach if he weren’t so annoying. Wonder which coach he’s going to goad into a fight with, this year.

  76. pgilbert2013 says: Sep 10, 2013 8:51 AM

    It’s Tuesday already… Time to look forward.

    In life it’s good to put yourself in the other persons shoes. Mike if Ndamukong Suh hit Rogers out of bounds and than slapped slapped Clay… How would you have reacted.

  77. FoozieGrooler says: Sep 10, 2013 8:54 AM

    Last paragraph said it all.
    And yet, Harbaugh still won’t get it.
    Loved it. :mrgreen:

  78. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Sep 10, 2013 8:54 AM

    i watched the game with a bunch of 49ers fans who also hate harbaugh. i think they may be in the majority.

  79. blbrad says: Sep 10, 2013 8:54 AM

    You can’t defend the hit by Matthews, but I really can’t figure out what Harbaugh is trying to achieve with these comments in the press. Worry more about the 28 points allowed and all of those false start penalties your team somehow managed to get while on your home field. Kaep doesn’t need you as a bodyguard.

  80. cmoney20 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:00 AM

    Before this game I hated the 49ers because of Harbaugh mostly. After watching it, I’ve decided the Packers are the biggest group of girls in the NFL. THE PLAYERS constantly whine like everyone is against them even when they get every call, their QB acts like he’s won 5 super bowls, and their defense is just a joke. The Packers players are unbearable. They should have a rainbow as their logo. Green Bay Rainbows.

  81. realtalk77 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:02 AM

    No place to go but above. The late hit so low…..

  82. tonys2lucky54 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:03 AM

    McCarthy and the packers ” will stay above Harbaugh’s comments”….well isn’t that nice…but their below Harbaugh’s team in the win column….!!! and have lost 3 in a row in just 1 year

  83. ponderthedumpoffking says: Sep 10, 2013 9:04 AM

    Harbaugh is trying to divert attention from how much of the gap has been closed by the Packers. If not for some well placed holding by their offensive line, a good push off by boldin late in the game, and the refs giving an addition down, the Niners lose this game by quite a bit.

    It’s ok, Jim. The world saw. The world knows.

  84. imbetterthanyou says: Sep 10, 2013 9:04 AM

    No one gave him cake after the game…

  85. bill4544 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:05 AM

    Who cares what gutpile Mccarthy thinks .

  86. bill4544 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:06 AM

    say to his face, you mean asfter he licks himself and growls a bit and snorts some more roids .

  87. rodgohard says: Sep 10, 2013 9:08 AM

    Good job Harbaugh, continue too keep taking up for your guy. No doubt the league is bias towards the mobile quarterback. If you ring Manning or Brady by the neck you’re liable to be suspended. Jim could care to cents about Matthews or McCarthy, but he does want to put the league on notice. NO CHEAP SHOTS ON MY GUY!! And we treat it like its nothing..

  88. conormacleod says: Sep 10, 2013 9:09 AM

    That’s funny, because Matthews and the Packers had plenty to say before the game. They were going to hit Kapaernick. They were going to play tough. I guess it’s hard to do much talking after you lose.

  89. sandblastermoron says: Sep 10, 2013 9:09 AM

    Hey Mike!!!!!! Meet your new DADDY!!!!!!

    He owns u!!!!!!!!!

  90. nflgerry says: Sep 10, 2013 9:10 AM

    A classy organization is one where the QB doesn’t publicly whine after a game like the Packers’ QB did last year after the Seattle game.

  91. vikescry1 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:10 AM

    in the mail tomorrow will be some flags for your qb coach. and for you some special big boy pants. compliments of cm3

  92. nickynick04 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:11 AM

    As a Packer fan.
    I have 100 times more respect for the Bears , Vikings and Lions then Harbaugh.

    He is out of control.
    Something is going to happen to him.
    he s gonna hit another team s player etc etc stay tuned.

  93. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Sep 10, 2013 9:13 AM

    I think Jim Harbaugh is a brilliant coach but I cannot stand his attitude.

  94. hscorpio says: Sep 10, 2013 9:13 AM

    I appreciate McCarthy’s approach to this nonsense. I bet his team meeting was telling everyone about the magical words “No comment”. Football can be a rough sport and sometimes things get out of hand. That’s what officials are for and they did their job. Matthews was flagged, correctly so. What more needs to be said?

  95. padraighansen says: Sep 10, 2013 9:15 AM

    Matthews deserved to be penalized, and probably fined.

    I don’t think anyone disagrees with that.

    @overweightman: How many personal foul / unsportsmanlike conduct penalties has Clay Matthews had over the course of his career? Look that up, and then back up your ridiculous, uninformed comments with facts. Try it, and you’ll see why your comment is so unbelievably wrong.

    As for Jim Harbaugh – he of the breaking his hand punching Jim Kelly in the helmet fame – at the end of the game, when the teams were shaking hands, Harbaugh walked right past Matthews, looked at him, and didn’t say a word.

    Apparently, real men talk tough through the media.

    Give Mike Sherman credit – whether it was right or wrong, he addressed his concerns with Warren Sapp to his face, not through the media.

    No denying that Harbaugh is a great coach, but his reputation for being a sore, classless winner goes back to his days at Stanford, and it’s not like this is the first time it’s happened in the NFL.

  96. vikescry1 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:15 AM

    did you bring your knuckles in Detroit jim?? nah it was just a slap on the back side right? he counter-dicks himself, cry about a cheapshot but them says brings some knuckles? mo-ron!

  97. packermama says: Sep 10, 2013 9:16 AM

    Hey, Harbaugh, you need a “better game plan than intimidation” for Clay Matthews by insinuating he’s a “girlie man”. And are you really recommending that Clay hit Staley with an open fist to prove he’s a tough guy? Talk about talking out of both sides of your mouth! You can’t call him a cheap shot player and then coach him on how he should take his shot in a scuffle. And yeah, it was a cheap shot. Everybody knows it, quit beating the dead horse.

  98. goldrush36 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:16 AM

    I get it that Harbaugh is playing mind games and he is a master at it s evidenced by his record but it is getting hella annoying

  99. ggonzales4287 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:18 AM

    All that matters to me is Jim is 3-0 against this overrated coach and above him I’m the standings for the 3rd year in a row

  100. krisp says: Sep 10, 2013 9:18 AM

    Harbaugh is an emotional coach… somebody send him some chocolates… class response by McCarthy!

    Kap won’t finish this season. he is due for a big time injury (god forbid).. but, it will happen.. not just him.. QB that run are like RBs – its not a question of if… it’s when!

  101. sweetnlow44 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:20 AM

    Translation: McCarthy is an adult. Harbaugh is not.

  102. ggonzales4287 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:20 AM

    Aldon Smith > Clay Matthews
    Jim Harbaugh > Mike McCarthy
    49ers > Packers

  103. muskyhunter2542 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:21 AM

    I love how all of a sudden Clay Matthews is dirty. I just read that this was the first Personal Foul of his career.

    Interesting!!!

  104. mjs2012 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:24 AM

    This is a prime example of class (McCarthy) and no class (Harbaugh).

    When teaching my kids how to act, I will definitely use this for reference.

  105. bdp81 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:28 AM

    Wow! Look at all these packer fans talking about crying….. Really…. WHAT ARE YOU DOING RIGHT NOW?! Lol crying like little girls! I’m sorry you’ve dropped 3 straight games to the 9ers and you can’t beat them even when you cheap shot but you’ve got bigger problems ahead of you. I’d say see you in the playoffs but we all know thats not going to happen…. NFC is just too tough and the packers aren’t going to cut it this year.

  106. ketchupaholic says: Sep 10, 2013 9:33 AM

    Only reinforces to me that Clay Matthews is a Punk in Steroids! Ask a Packer fan if Mathews was on the 49ers and did that to Rodgers, they’d be screaming for a suspension. Packer fans are so blind to their teams infractions it’s mindbogglingly hilarious!

  107. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Sep 10, 2013 9:34 AM

    eagle fan here. harbaugh was right. the offsetting calls were nonsense.

    and to any niner fan that floriostorio says hate harbaugh: you know nothing about football. twenty five or more teams would love to have him. harbaugh, like him or not, has built a fundamentally solid, very good football team. and hes also got the balls to pull alex smith (who had just been to the championship game) and insert kap regardless of the consequences. so, for all that, if he was my coach, he could whine all he wants.

    and as for mccarthy, his guy took the cheap shot and got away with it. no wonder he wants to say he’s taking the high road. what actually could he say after the last two times frisco schooled them.

  108. wininer says: Sep 10, 2013 9:34 AM

    Hey it was Claw who was talking all tough in the week prior. When the time came he had to cheat to be tough and then slapped Staley like a girl would.

    Harbaugh is just pointing out that Mathews is a girl….oh it also will be in their heads until we meet in the playoffs. Clay will be all flustered and want to prove Harbaugh wrong instead of just playing his game.

    Thats why Harbaugh is a better coach than the rest. He is a superior teacher, and is also perfectly happy to make an ass out of himself if he feels it will give him an advantage at some point, and it will. Watch come January, the Niners will beat the Packers again.

  109. jimthebuilder27 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:37 AM

    I think Harbaugh just got BURNED!

  110. jiveturkeygobbler says: Sep 10, 2013 9:40 AM

    How dare Harbaugh have his players backs!

  111. purpleguy says: Sep 10, 2013 9:40 AM

    MM handles this stuff well — he had the same approach after that Seattle crap last year.

  112. GenXJay says: Sep 10, 2013 9:41 AM

    Jims reaction was a little much against a gb team that needs to “toughen up”

  113. rufusporter says: Sep 10, 2013 9:41 AM

    Harbaugh and his constant mid-life crisis must have seemed less crazy in the interview after a couple years of Mike Singletary but he is still a bizzare character as an NFL coach. He lacks class and professionalism.

  114. 4949centennial says: Sep 10, 2013 9:41 AM

    Clay threatens to hurt Kaepernick before the game. Then he launches himself in the air about 5 yards out of bounds and tries to choke Kaep while body slamming him.

    Then when Staley tries to stop him he punches Staley and slaps him.

    Yep, he is not a dirty player.

  115. jeffblast36 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:44 AM

    Both the Harbaugh’s are big cry babies and loud mouths. Time for someone to give them a knuckle lession , can’t wait for it to happen.

  116. freakish213 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:48 AM

    You actually can defend Mathews’ hit. When he left his feet both players were still in-bounds. Unless he is superman and capable of actual flight there was really no way to pull back, turn, or otherwise mitigate the hit. If he were a dirty player he could have led with his helmet or a forearm to the head. The melee that ensued was pure brilliance. I’d taunt the hell out of the opposition too if doing so would draw an offsetting penalty and negate the penalty on me. Maybe he didn’t think of that, but I hope he did.

  117. All-American Voltron says: Sep 10, 2013 9:48 AM

    How fitting that Mike McCarthy said Harbaugh’s “comments” were beneath him as McCarthy the coach is beneath Jim Harbaugh, who wouldn’t waste 8 months trying to stop a running QB when the rest of the NFL knows that kid could throw 300 yards any given Sunday.

  118. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 10, 2013 9:49 AM

    Harbaugh actually makes Matthews look like a classy guy.

  119. ajpnsf says: Sep 10, 2013 9:56 AM

    Clay Matthews and the rest of the GB rockstar wanna bes all need to man up and get haircuts. What is this, the Conan long hair leagu? What a bunch of sissies.

  120. aa1829 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:57 AM

    Harbaugh and Chris Carter, the two biggest cry babies in the NFL. In fact, who else in the league even goes there at all. All of America is waiting for this jerk to get his comeuppance, and I hope it hurts bad.

  121. ajpnsf says: Sep 10, 2013 9:58 AM

    Also:

    Harbaugh 3 – McCarthy 0

    That’s all that matters.

  122. tundratommy says: Sep 10, 2013 9:58 AM

    “come with some knuckles”

    You know, like Harblah did when he bitch slapped Schwartz on the back.

  123. panickyvaudevillian says: Sep 10, 2013 10:01 AM

    Pretty sure if Clay Matthews ‘slapped’ Harbaugh, he wouldn’t be getting up to mouth off about him again.

  124. sonoco says: Sep 10, 2013 10:01 AM

    Can they stay above targeting QB’s that their defense can’t stop? That’s the question.

  125. overweightman says: Sep 10, 2013 10:02 AM

    Clay Matthews AKA Bill Romanowski

  126. diehardpackfan says: Sep 10, 2013 10:05 AM

    Harbaugh would be stupid enough to “come with knuckles” against a steel face mask. Fail.

    Besides when can’t a player make a diving play at a QB? He didn’t use his his helmet and he grabbed Kaepernick’s shoulder pads, not his neck. He began his “dive” inbounds in case the QB was going down the sidelines and NOT out of bounds.

    That’s so simple even a 49er’s fan (or Jim Harbaugh) should be able to understand it.

  127. jordiway73 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:05 AM

    What a puss my coach didn’t put up with that crap and he’s a little guy he might have took a beating but at least he went down swinging. Go Lions!!!!

  128. dhragonn says: Sep 10, 2013 10:07 AM

    Harbaugh is off to the best start in NFL coaching history. He can say what he wants. Any coach that wants to protect his players would make a similar comment. His alleged whinning about things is typically tactful whinning to help get an advantage, the small details make a difference. 12th man can’t stop the revenge niners get week 2.

  129. jtbsteeler says: Sep 10, 2013 10:09 AM

    The 49ers are beating you and talking smack. I love it.

  130. bv2200 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:10 AM

    Who is Jim Crybaugh ?

  131. tinbender2000 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:19 AM

    Sure are a bunch of ladies from Green Bay commenting here. Harbaugh was a tough player and he still has that “protect your teammates” mentality. That’s something you girls just wouldn’t understand.

  132. kvnhlstd says: Sep 10, 2013 10:23 AM

    Bottom line is that Matthews was out of control on the play… The refs blew it… it had no outcome on the game. The 49ers beat the Packers and that is a fact… what really gets under my skin is that the people on this thread have short term memory and feel that the last three games represent all there is to the Packer/49er history.

    Fact…
    13 league championships for the Packers
    5 league championships for the 49ers

    Total record Packers vs 49ers
    34-29-1 in favor of the Packers

    Play off records Packers vs 49ers
    4-2 in favor of the Packers

    Bottom line 49er fans… your team is better than the Packers in the last 12 months, but that’s it.

  133. ponderthedumpoffking says: Sep 10, 2013 10:34 AM

    I still don’t know why Vikings fans are talking.

    Their own cheap shot artist has ended seasons, and you still think he’s not dirty.

    Jared “On the Decline” Allen is worse than Matthews and Suh combined.

  134. gbpbacker84 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:36 AM

    Packers lose and own up to their mistakes. 49ers win and continue to talk junk the next day. They are a great team, but their coach clearly has an inferiority complex and needs to always have the last word. Must stem from losing to big brother all the time. You know, like last February when the 49ers got beat by a team with an inferior roster in the biggest game of their lives. At least Clay Matthews came up big in his Super Bowl opportunity. Please win something this millenium before you act like you run the NFL 49ers.

  135. 9ueenbee says: Sep 10, 2013 10:37 AM

    Clay “Cheapshot” Matthews should’ve been eliminated. Staly shold not have been penalized. Refs suck as hell. Packers are ugly as hell. Zero proof in McCarthy’s words.

  136. mmsierra says: Sep 10, 2013 10:46 AM

    WHAT part of ‘OUT OF BOUNDS’ doesn’t McCarthy Understand ??

    WHAT part of CHEAP SHOT doesn’t McCarthy Understand ??

    WHAT part of ‘DIRTY FOOTBALL’ doesn’t McCarthy understand ??

    Fabio is being protected by McCarthy’s Stupidity
    A couple of LOSERS

  137. bordner says: Sep 10, 2013 10:51 AM

    The 49ers are in danger of becoming the Lions of the West.

    If their coach would just coach and keep his yap shut and stop coming across as such a jerk, they wouldn’t have so many people losing respect for this once-proud franchise. If they haven’t yet, the players will soon adopt his attitude. A lot of the fans already have.

    It sounded unimaginable just a few years ago, but I think there’s starting to be more football fans out there who admire the Raider fans and organization more than the Niners.

  138. pushn50 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:52 AM

    And still the forty whiners and their fans are whining about the play, the game, everything. The Packers organization is hands down more classy than this bunch of whiners. Proof? Just look at comments from both teams over the past two days.

  139. wikipediasaidso says: Sep 10, 2013 10:53 AM

    Any coach that wants to protect his players would make a similar comment
    =========

    No, they really wouldn’t. Not in that over-the-top kind of way. Harbaugh is the kind of coach where the local fanbase will love the stuff he says as long as the team is winning.

    But god forbid they ever hit a rough patch and Harbaugh keeps flapping his gums and trying to trash talk and/or manipulate via the media the way he does now. Then he risks falling into the same trap as guys like Rex Ryan.

  140. troutguide says: Sep 10, 2013 10:58 AM

    Watching Mathews run his mouth every game,tells you all you need to know. No doubt a decent player, but the league does not need more players who can’t shut up. The problem is , most of theses loud mouth players like Mathews can’t separate their emotions form their talk, and then pull some cheap shot just as Mathews did Sunday. He does not have the smarts to do it…. On the hit itself, imagine if Aldon Smith had done the same talking pre game then comes to the game and tackles Rodgers the exact same way. Cheese Heads nation wide would be suicidal. Bottom line is,3 games, 3 losses. It’s a new day Packer fan, deal with it. Finally, Harbaugh says all this crap so his players don’t have to worry about the media. Trust me, he’s a players coach that’s why his players will play their butts off for him. Harbaugh will always have his players back. Never will you hear him saying anything remotely negative to the media about his players, coaching staff, or organization.

  141. leksington says: Sep 10, 2013 10:58 AM

    I can’t tell you how happy I am that the classy Harbaugh won the Super Bowl.

  142. greej1938l says: Sep 10, 2013 11:05 AM

    Whos got more Super Bowl Rings??? ENOUGH SAID!

  143. CKL says: Sep 10, 2013 11:07 AM

    Look, acting “classy” vs a vis coaches, etc. is an overblown deal for sure. That said, when the boy (Harbaugh) cries wolf enough times, more and more people will tune him out and when there’s really something bigtime to complain about, everyone will laugh at him and dismiss his cries instead.

    McCarthy IS tough, Harbaugh TALKS tough. It’s harder to refuse to lash out than it is to whine constantly to the refs and media.

  144. thebirdofprey says: Sep 10, 2013 11:08 AM

    Don’t worry everyone Week 2 Jim Harbaugh is going to look in shock like he did the last time he was at Century Link. I have said it all off-season, time to empty that 49er bandwagon. Seahawks match up well on every level to San Fran. Looks like the rest of the NFC West does as well. Not saying a beating like last time, but I just don’t see it coming down to the last play. Go Hawks!

  145. craig49ers says: Sep 10, 2013 11:15 AM

    Harbaugh’s quote “if you’re going to hit a guy come with some knuckles” is a good team slogan going into the Seattle game. “Come with some knuckles” t-shirts should be made.

  146. bmoss66 says: Sep 10, 2013 11:17 AM

    The classiest type of class is pointing out that you are more classy than someone else. And I quote, “I’m classier than you, na na na boo boo stick your head in doo doo.” – every packers fan that has commented on this article

  147. filthymcnasty1isadouche says: Sep 10, 2013 11:19 AM

    Packer fans are always talking about what a “class” organization they are. Then why do they have a convicted felon drug trafficker on their team? Imagine what Packer fans would say if Jolly was a Cowboy.

  148. blabidibla says: Sep 10, 2013 11:19 AM

    By all means, let’s stay classy by not talking about our premeditated cheap shot on the QB.

    This is all Harbaughs fault.

  149. bayareafanatic says: Sep 10, 2013 11:21 AM

    I see all the Packer fans taking a moment to post digs on Harbaugh.

    Lets get back to the root of the issue. The Niners thoroughly embarrassed the Packers in the playoffs. The Packers spoke about firing Capers over it. Then the Packers spend all offseason preparing for this game. They even consult with college coaches on how to stop the read option.
    Fast forward, Clay Mathews shoots his mouth off the week before the game regarding hitting Kaepernick. We get into the game and Mathews hits Kaepernicks 6 yards out of bounds and clothes lines him slamming his head into the ground. Staley comes to protect his QB without exchanging blows, and Mathews hits him not once, but twice in the head.

    The official on the field calls Staley for unsportsman like conduct, to which the NFL came out and said it was a bad call.

    Anyone with an ounce of integrity would be calling Mathews out, or should just shut their pie hole. No one likes a winner, and right now the Niners are winners and Green Bay isn’t. Period.

  150. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 10, 2013 11:32 AM

    I love Harbaugh, he says what needs to be said. Matthews is The Beauty and Kaepernick is The Beast.

  151. pshark5 says: Sep 10, 2013 11:34 AM

    I don’t know where the “Packers are a classy team” crap comes from, I always thought they were dirty, especially Mullethead Matthews. That was the biggest cheap shot at a QB I’ve ever seen and it’s funny to hear all the sheeple Packer fans defend him and Tubby McCarthy’s cowardice in not addressing it. I guess Packers fans are classless just like their favorite team.

  152. granadafan says: Sep 10, 2013 11:50 AM

    That was 100% a dirty play. Any rationale fan could see that. If the same hit had occurred on Rodgers, the Cheesewhiz fans would be screaming bloody murder and so would McCarthy.

  153. herlies says: Sep 10, 2013 11:58 AM

    “That was the biggest cheap shot at a QB I’ve ever seen”

    LOL? You must not have been watching NFL football for very long.

    Hell, that wasn’t even close to the biggest cheap shot on a QB in GB history.

    Google Charles Martin and start there.

  154. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Sep 10, 2013 11:58 AM

    McCarthy>Harbaugh

    Youth>Aged veterans

    By week 17 Boldin will break down and the Packers defense will be game-tested and improved.

    I’m not a Packer fan but I can tell they are a much better-run organization and yes they have far more class and competence. They lost last week but it’s the 49ers who are in for a disappointing season. Too bad, I liked them when Walsh was coach.

  155. dgarcia56 says: Sep 10, 2013 12:01 PM

    whiner whiner fans.. go look up what your “classy” coach did while he was a player for the colts… threw a punch at jim kelly cause kelly questioned his toughness… what so he takes a cheap shot on a retired player working for NBC??? not the classy harbaugh?? ha ha lol

  156. theroc5156 says: Sep 10, 2013 12:03 PM

    I guess Harbaugh should have came with some knuckles then when he slapped Jim Schwartz on the back.

    Of course, the last time Harbaugh did bring knuckles, he got his ass kicked by Jim Kelly.

  157. realfootballfan says: Sep 10, 2013 12:08 PM

    But he’ll let his players play dirty, what a classy guy. He needs to sit down with that steroid freak on his defense and tell him play between the lines and leave that cheap artist garbage out.

    That’s not going to help them not having to give up prison love to the 49ers until they figure out how to stop being soft in the field of play, not after the whistle blows.

  158. glac1 says: Sep 10, 2013 12:08 PM

    Mike is a classy guy with great character and… just happens to be the coach who won a ring…

  159. golforepar says: Sep 10, 2013 12:08 PM

    granada, late yea dirty no Boldins hit was needless after the play, that is a dirty play, son!

  160. chiadam says: Sep 10, 2013 12:10 PM

    Will they stay above someone taking a flying leap at Discount Doublecheck’s head five yards out of bounds?

  161. orivar says: Sep 10, 2013 12:13 PM

    I’ve never seen a coach complain about EVERYTHING!

  162. jjh1982 says: Sep 10, 2013 12:23 PM

    And the packers will stay on top with the most championships

  163. thevikes99 says: Sep 10, 2013 12:23 PM

    Clay was showing his roid rage cheap shot clown he will be the next Suh

  164. fmc651 says: Sep 10, 2013 12:25 PM

    Jim is no class this is noted. But packer fans please admit it was cheap of Fabio Matthews as well.

  165. jjh1982 says: Sep 10, 2013 12:26 PM

    All you haters act like its the first time someone had a late hit, get over yourselves, find a job, move out of your parents basement and get a life

  166. bayareafanatic says: Sep 10, 2013 12:30 PM

    I like the Pack, but their fans are taking the wrong stance on this one.

    If you are frustrated, then be frustrated, but don’t let it make you act out of character.

    The Pack is on the decline. 15-1 two years ago, 11-4 last year. They lost their best wide receiver to free agency.

    The Pack got embarrassed last year by not being able to stop the 49ers run game. This last game, they got embarrassed by giving up over 400 in the air. Trust me, they are frustrated. They are now a team that reminds me of the Saints. The only way they can win is in a shootout, outscoring you. Well this last Sunday, that didn’t happen.

  167. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 10, 2013 12:31 PM

    I hope Slappy and Knuckles can get together and work this out.

  168. themagicfanguy says: Sep 10, 2013 12:31 PM

    I love all the calls of “cheap shot”. None of you even watched the play obviously, play a game a football before commenting like a pasty need who’s never seen a game before losers.

  169. muskyhunter2542 says: Sep 10, 2013 12:45 PM

    Reading all this crap. I would have thought that The Packers won the game, and the 49s lost on at the last second or something and were trying to grasp at straws. WOW, Packers are clearly a better run organization.
    Even after the fail mary last year (which was not a catch) mike McCarthy trotted 11 players on to the field for the extra point. Id love to see Harbaugh do that. He would have turned beat red and cryed like a baby. McCarthy says to his team “next week is a new game, move on and learn from it” 49rs dwell on a win as if they lost!!!

    Again, Matthews is not dirty. Sundays, personal foul was the first of his career. How could anyone say he is dirty?!?!

  170. wcman says: Sep 10, 2013 12:47 PM

    Staying above it? Lol the Packers were in the gutter during that game. Taunting after every freaking play, the roided up OLB talking about hitting the QB whether he had the ball or not. Sorry Coach McCarthy your team is above nothing and were the instigators of this entire scenario.

    People also need to get over themselves when they accuse Harbaugh of whining. Learn the difference between whining and taking a shot at somebody. Questioning Matthews manhood and reputation is smack; not whining and Matthews deserved every bit of it. Learn the difference.

  171. mtavin says: Sep 10, 2013 12:58 PM

    beerbratscheese says: Sep 10, 2013 7:32 AM
    Here in Wisconsin we rename streets after our coaches and players. I hear California is thinking of renaming Napa Valley after Harbaugh.

    Whine Country? Touché

  172. norcalsportsknowledge says: Sep 10, 2013 1:03 PM

    After the Saints incident, I thought the league wouldn’t tolerate targeting players. Saints fans should be upset if nothing happens to the packers.

  173. themagicfanguy says: Sep 10, 2013 1:04 PM

    McCarthy:1 Ring
    Harbaugh:0 Rings

    Talk all you want, go ahead and get mad. You can’t win any football argument without first winning some rings, deal with it whiner fans.

  174. steelerfanjo says: Sep 10, 2013 1:08 PM

    Harbaugh brothers are biggest whiners in pro sports. Both make me sick – always griping on every call like they are entitled.

  175. bayareafanatic says: Sep 10, 2013 1:17 PM

    Bottom line, lets move on to next week. This isn’t even a rivalry. For it to be a rivalry, both teams have to have a chance to win against each other. Last I checked, the Niners own the Pack. On to the Seahawks….

  176. sumthingsumthingdarkside says: Sep 10, 2013 1:18 PM

    Comments here are so stupid.

    1. Coaches are asked about the game and the things that transpired within in it all the time. People are acting like Harbaugh is taking time off to log in to his twitter and vent. He was asked what his reaction was after the game and he gave his opinion. I suggest actually listening to the interview before giving us your opinion about how much of a whiner he is. He can be a little emotional when it comes to games but it’s because he takes his job seriously. The man is new to the league and over the last 2 seasons has managed a .766 winning percentage. Not to mention he is a coach who is respected among the organization and among analysts. Not so much respect among fans of opposing teams, but hey, I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion.

    2. Matthews stated, in the weeks prior, that he was targeting Kap.

    3. It was a cheap shot, whether or not Matthews’ had ill intent. Watch the tape. Plus he slapped Staley. Who does that?

    4. Whatever happened, it was squashed between the players already. Let it go!

  177. lionsdraftguy says: Sep 10, 2013 1:22 PM

    Funny how NO ONE likes Jim Harbaugh except niners fans.

  178. swaggyy says: Sep 10, 2013 1:32 PM

    Jim wanted to see Clays knuckles because he doesn’t know what a SB ring looks like. And he never will.

  179. johnnytata says: Sep 10, 2013 1:34 PM

    packers fan, but re: some of the absurd comments on both sides…

    reading these comments is literally like rubbernecking a trainwreck. it’s ridiculously terrifying to see how people think and what they are willing to type. i think “wow that is the dumbest thing i have ever read” and then two seconds later “nope, THAT was the dumbest thing i have ever read,” yet i somehow can’t stop reading.

    i feel like the joke’s on me.

  180. pongonfl says: Sep 10, 2013 1:35 PM

    If we have a choice between a bit of a baffoon as head coach that has his players talking and playing and treating the opponent with real class, and a quiet reasonable coach whose players are classless whiners, I would chose that the players have class.

    So what ever they are doing in GB, they have it backwards.

  181. immafubared says: Sep 10, 2013 1:44 PM

    Why wouldn’t Harbaugh be angry, Mathews hit his QB out of bounds. McCarthy should worry more about his defense and or lack of rather than anything that Harbaugh says.

    To me its either Dom Capers isn’t the defensive genius some people paint him out to be, or, he really is a genius but his players lack skills and abilities to carry out his plan.

    Got to admit not sure what his plan was. I got it mid first quarter that the 9er’s planned to pass all day long and not run the spread. Dom never got the memo or again his people were to stupid to shift to something different than stopping the run that never happened.

  182. strikeback52 says: Sep 10, 2013 1:44 PM

    McCarthy can’t talk cuz only winners get wings!!!!!

  183. filthymcnasty1isadouche says: Sep 10, 2013 1:44 PM

    swaggyy says:

    “Jim wanted to see Clays knuckles because he doesn’t know what a SB ring looks like. And he never will.”

    Matthews doesn’t have his ring anymore. He hocked it to pay for roids.

  184. bayareafanatic says: Sep 10, 2013 1:44 PM

    Guys,
    Harbaugh is the best coach in football right now. Deal with it. Case in point, no other coach could have made it to the NFC championship game with Alex Smith undercenter.
    The best team in the NFC currently is the Niners. Deal with it. If you don’t believe me, check all the top power rankings….

  185. realfootballfan says: Sep 10, 2013 1:50 PM

    lionsdraftguy,

    Well, I’m not a 49er fan and I love the guy. Just saying.

  186. immafubared says: Sep 10, 2013 1:51 PM

    Look. Both the Harbaugh brothers went to teams that were laden with talent and possibly one or two key players from being contenders. I don’t remember either accepting positions at Cleveland, Buffalo, Jags, Miami, Tampa Bay, KC, Jets, etc.

    They choose wisely and bidded their time waiting to grab on to that team who had some first round picks coming due, money for free agents and all the planets coming into alignment.

    JUst like Urban at OSU. Didn’t see him jump on the Furman bandwagon. OSU was loaded.

  187. axespray says: Sep 10, 2013 1:54 PM

    chi01town says:
    Sep 10, 2013 7:45 AM
    “You are NOT above anything. Clay tried to hurt Kap and that’s all there is too it. Harbaugh has the right to say what we all saw happen.the Green bay packers are NOT ABOVE ANYONE ELSE IN THE LEAGUE. when they know they cant win they play dirty football. and another game between the Packers and 49ers would turn out the same way. Green bay CAN NOT BEAT THE
    49ers not in green bay or San Francisco or on the moon it wont happen. except it packers fans”
    ——————————
    Says the fan of a team that hasn’t beaten the Packers since 2010 when the refs threw 19 penalties at the Packers…smh

  188. ridgebak says: Sep 10, 2013 1:59 PM

    Above it? What can McCarthy say? Ummmm….yeah, matthews talked the entire week of getting hits on the QB and when he couldn’t get a good legal shot on the field, he decided to take a cheap shot and launch himself with a clothesline after the QB was well out of bounds? Mathews didn’t even drag Kap down from behind until after the 3 foot out of bounds line. How do you even defend your player from actions like that? Of course McCarthy wouldn’t commment on it, because he had no defense. I hope Rodgers gets tackled the same way during the season and then we can see how GB like it.

    The Niners took care of business between the lines. Unfortunately, GB doesn’t feel they can win playing the same way.

  189. ridgebak says: Sep 10, 2013 2:12 PM

    axespray says: Sep 10, 2013 1:54 PM

    Says the fan of a team that hasn’t beaten the Packers since 2010 when the refs threw 19 penalties at the Packers…smh

    ———————–

    Says the fan of a team that hasn’t beaten the Niners since 2010….smh

  190. killitandeatit says: Sep 10, 2013 2:26 PM

    Harbaugh is making noise to protect his team. If C.K. is taken out, the season is over. You don’t sit still and let high profile players like Matthews spew all week and then deliver a possible season ending injury to your most valuable player and just shut up.The hit was beyond the pale and clearly a cheap shot. Sure ,there are coaches that will be meek and quiet but thank God they are not the head coach of the San Francisco 49 ers.

  191. Canned Heat says: Sep 10, 2013 2:32 PM

    ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Sep 10, 2013 7:58 AM

    Clay Mathews is no better than imadik suh. They should both be banned from the NFL for being the cheap-shot artists they are.
    __________________________________

    This is classic. Matthews is one of the few guys who will help a guy get up off the ground from an opposing team game in and game out and very respected.

    That was completely out of character for him and the first time anyone has EVER seen anything remotely dirty from 52 since he came into the league. Comparing him to helmet ripping, foot stomping, cheap -shotting Suh is quite possibly the dumbest comment I’ve ever read here.

    And while we’re talking about it….please log off and go visit YouTube so you donkeys can get your facts straight on the late hit. While obviously running out of bounds Kaepernick’s right foot is on the fricking sideline when he was hit by Mathews who was in the air leaping when Kaepernick was still inbounds. Jesus.

  192. paybackcity says: Sep 10, 2013 2:49 PM

    That’s right! Stay above it Pack. Well, Rodgers and McCarthy already have their super bowl rings. Harbaugh and Kaepernick will NEVER get theirs. Only fools like Harbaugh and Kaepernick think they have a super bowl in the bag after 1 game. Kaepernick never worked so hard in his life. He’s got no more powder left in his keg.

  193. jwcarlson says: Sep 10, 2013 2:55 PM

    ketchupaholic says:
    Sep 10, 2013 9:33 AM
    Only reinforces to me that Clay Matthews is a Punk in Steroids! Ask a Packer fan if Mathews was on the 49ers and did that to Rodgers, they’d be screaming for a suspension. Packer fans are so blind to their teams infractions it’s mindbogglingly hilarious!

    ———————————–

    My brother and I are Packer fans and were screaming for him to get ejected. Does that work?

    Truthfully at full speed I feel like it looked worse than it actually was… if Clay was intent on actually injuring him he could have/would have done far worse than nocking him down like that. Clay left his feet before CK left the field of play anyway.

    Wrong, yes. But everyone’s acting like Matthews walked into the huddle and clotheslined him.

  194. superjroch says: Sep 10, 2013 3:16 PM

    Every time Jim Harbaugh makes a public comment, I gain more respect for Jim Schwartz. Does Harbaugh have any kids? [googling] Ugh, 6 of them. Six more people in the world who will have no sense of sportsmanship. Poor kids. Poor world.

  195. donsjohnson says: Sep 10, 2013 3:47 PM

    sumthingsumthingdarkside says: Sep 10, 2013 1:18 PM
    Comments here are so stupid.
    2. Matthews stated, in the weeks prior, that he was targeting Kap.
    —-
    Ok, no one denies that Matthews had to be flagged for the late hit. No one should deny it also looked ugly, cheap. Matthews himself has now admitted so after the fact, even talking to Kaepernick after the game. Capers also acknowledged it was a mistake on Matthews part.

    But all this talk about Matthews BEING a cheap-shot artist is just not objective nor fair to the man nor to the sport regarding the entertainment value of tough linebacker play (within the rules). I mean, cheap-shot artists have a “prior record” for plays outside the rules for which they earned the label. Does Matthews have a pattern, a prior record of this? Unless sacking QB’s within the rules is considered a cheap shot, then he does not.

    Secondly, have you actually read what Matthews actually said IN REPLY TO A QUESTION ASKED BY THE MEDIA (!) in the week leading up to the game? He said:

    “We think our game plan fits within the scheme of the officials and what we want to do. You do have to take your shots on the quarterback, and obviously they’re too important to their offense. I think that’s exactly what we’re going for. So you want to put hits as early and often on the quarterback and make them uncomfortable.”

    This is what Matthews said. Does it suggest he was intent on “targeting Kap”, as you put it? Yes, absolutely, that is, within the rules, as he stated but unfortunately didn’t follow on this one play in the game. (What? The defense should not target opposing players who score on them? Have we become such softies that defenders shouldn’t target offensive players in the sense of stopping them? Have we become sissys who think that is wrong?) But do those words sound like the talk of a cheap-shot artist to you, openly advertising his intent to do harm even if it’s outside the rules, or does that sound like a player who is intent on stopping a read-option QB from running all over his defense again??

    And has anyone actually read what Jim Harbaugh actually said leading up to the game in reply to the Media when Matthews comments were brought up? Harbaugh said:

    “You’re hearing some intimidating type of talk, kind of things we were hearing a couple years ago. It sounds a lot like targeting a specific player. You definitely start to wonder. A man usually doesn’t tell you his bad intentions. You know what’s being said publicly, not what’s being said privately. I hope their intent is not going to be anything that’s not within the rules.”

    This is what Harbaugh said. Does that sound like a fair assessment of Matthew’s comments? Or does it sound like spin in order to influence league officiating, especially given how paranoid Goodell is about the NFL’s “image” to the fans (i.e., marketing = $$). Yes, you will say, but actions speak louder than words and Matthews proved that Harbaugh’s take was right. Yes, actionS. This was one action–one action of committing what looked like a cheap-shot, not many repeated actions of committing cheap-shots over the course of his career.

    No doubt Matthews late hit is regrettable, and he has expressed regret for it, both publicly and to Kaepernick after the game. But if you wanna call Matthews as a cheap-shot artist on the basis of one stupid act, then why can’t others view Harbaugh as a cheap opportunist who is trying to grease the wheels with the league and officiating via use of the media, in order to emasculate any teams which seek to stop his use of the read-option offense by aggressive play, which yes, includes intimidating read-option QBs like Kaepernick into thinking twice about faking a run out of bounds (as the LB lets up) before then darting down the sideline? Don’t believe this happens? Check out Vick sometime. He’s a master at doing just that.

    If he or any other player continues to commit such acts, setting a pattern, then I’d hope all fans, regardless of team, would call the player out and call for them to be benched and/or released from the team. Which brings us to Suh, who unfortunately HAS set a pattern….

  196. ridgebak says: Sep 10, 2013 3:48 PM

    Funny, all of the comments about mathews response ‘Oh he owned up, he admitted it was wrong, time to move’. Sure it’s easy to take a player out with a dirty play and then apologize after the fact, while a player’s career is over. I’m sure that’s exactly what Suh says after making a dirty play while trying to end a player’s career.

  197. louielouq4six says: Sep 10, 2013 3:55 PM

    You guys make fun of Harbaughs inquiries on the NFL’s rulings on when and how to “tackle” the qb when the offense runs that play, but meanwhile Matthews had openly admitted his intentions to hit Kaep, and look what happened? But thats football, right? Nobody thats a fan and follows the game as close as possible, can’t say they didn’t see this coming!? And for the record, Rodgers is a good qb, NOT the best becuase there’s this one guy who plays in Denver who’s not so bad himself.

  198. bayareafanatic says: Sep 10, 2013 4:06 PM

    sumthingsumthingdarkside,
    very nicely said. You forgot to cover one other aspect of it though. Mathews then went on to slug Joe Staley not once but twice in the head as Staley ran over to protect his QB. Staley by the way never threw a blow. The NFL said the refs erred in penalizing Staley.
    While Mathews is a premier rushing specialist, he was out of line both during and after the play in question.

  199. donsjohnson says: Sep 10, 2013 4:32 PM

    louielouq4six says: Sep 10, 2013 3:55 PM

    You guys make fun of Harbaughs inquiries on the NFL’s rulings on when and how to “tackle” the qb when the offense runs that play, but meanwhile Matthews had openly admitted his intentions to hit Kaep, and look what happened? But thats football, right?
    —-

    Stop the press! In the week leading up to a rematch with a team whose QB ran wild on them in their previous meeting, an NFL Linebacker–when asked by the media what the teams strategy was to defend against the read-option, openly declared his intention to hit a QB, stating,

    “We think our game plan fits within the scheme of the officials and what we want to do. You do have to take your shots on the quarterback, and obviously they’re too important to their offense. I think that’s exactly what we’re going for. So you want to put hits as early and often on the quarterback and make them uncomfortable.”

    A defensive player talking about making “hits”?! Oh yes, the sheer horror! Don’t want one of those types on your team, someone who actually wants to make physical contact with an opposing offensive player.

    Um, thanks for proving the point about how the game (and our culture in general) is becoming wussified. Flag-football is right around the corner.

  200. pack13queens0 says: Sep 10, 2013 4:33 PM

    Maybe Jim Harbaugh should just shut his mouth. First of all, Matthews did nothing wrong, Kaepernick was still inbounds when he was hit. What’s Clay supposed to do, let him run in for a Touchdown? Joe Staley should be the one that gets fined. Suspend him too while you’re at it.

  201. filthymcnasty1isadouche says: Sep 10, 2013 4:44 PM

    Great Caesar’s Ghost says:

    “I’m not a Packer fan but I can tell they are a much better-run organization and yes they have far more class and competence”

    You are a Packer fan. You gave it away by bringing up class. Only Packer fans harp on class. Then again, these are the same fans that still think Mark Chmura is a class act.

  202. goldrush4949 says: Sep 10, 2013 5:46 PM

    What’s comical here is all of these commenters calling Harbaugh classless would all give one testicle to have him coach their team.

    You all are jealous Jimbo isn’t coaching your crappy team.

  203. dirtydrew says: Sep 10, 2013 6:35 PM

    Scoreboard sucka! Go 49ers!

  204. bmue42 says: Sep 10, 2013 6:57 PM

    we’ll see how good of a coach he is when they cant afford to keep all those first round draft picks from years of sucking

  205. hot97x says: Sep 10, 2013 7:06 PM

    how do people consider this “whining” from harbaugh? he is taking a shot at clay matthews, which is awesome and hilarious, saying that matthews is a fake tough guy. fans of other teams are so jealous that harbaugh actually speaks his mind, and doesn’t give a crap what anyone thinks about it. why would you want your coach to be any other way?

  206. gmoney63 says: Sep 10, 2013 7:24 PM

    Harbaugh is a great coach! These are word games. He hates interviews because they are a waiste of time in his eyes. Mathews launched himself in the air so don’t tell me he didn’t mean to tackle Kap that way. Green Bay has a bunch of whiners on there team to, lets get real all teams have them because there passionate about there game, sport, and team! Lets not forget about Brett Farve!!! Really Packer Fans? 49ers kicked the Gbackers butts! Nuff said next game please!

  207. gmoney63 says: Sep 10, 2013 7:39 PM

    Mathews just started his career at being a cheap shot artist! He doesn’t need a track record to show he had every intention of putting some bell ringing hurt on Kap! So shut up all you Packer fans! Joe Stailey and Jim Harbaugh came to the rescue of its QB by physical and verbal defense. If you don’t like it go cry to someone who cares! If Bowman did that to Rogers??? Hmmmmm??? I’m sick of Packer fans who think there owed something because of there stored history of the NFL history’s past! Go away now and quit worrying about coach Harbaugh as if he’s a whiner. He’s not. He’s playing a verbal chess game with the media to give them something they want to hear!

  208. chi01town says: Sep 10, 2013 7:58 PM

    @axespary
    Now dont get me started on the whole green bay team. TOO LATE..
    That O-line will get Rodgers and any fat RB Killed in that back field.
    the packers dont have a #1 WR on that team. Cobb and Nelson is racing to see who can get to the IR list first. Johnnie Purple Drank Jolly just got out of jail and he look like it.
    Aaron Rodgers cant stop looking in Ryan Braun’s eye’s BUT he turned down a date with Miss America. and the packers cant beat the 49ers nowhere. and by the way the packers havent won a game this season so win first then talk.

  209. 49erfaithful4life says: Sep 10, 2013 8:45 PM

    Didn’t care for Harbaugh as a QB, but he is a talented coach and speaks his mind.Clay is not a dirty player, just a frustrated meat head that had to throw a cheap shot since he flapped his gums all week and to the fact that Kap was dismantling his defense with his arm.He made a great play on Kap on a keeper which came a bit later in the game which showed his skill . Too bad Mathews had to go the other route.

  210. rikker12 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:04 PM

    chi01town says:

    Now dont get me started on the whole green bay team. TOO LATE..
    That O-line will get Rodgers and any fat RB Killed in that back field.
    the packers dont have a #1 WR on that team. Cobb and Nelson is racing to see who can get to the IR list first. Johnnie Purple Drank Jolly just got out of jail and he look like it.
    Aaron Rodgers cant stop looking in Ryan Braun’s eye’s BUT he turned down a date with Miss America. and the packers cant beat the 49ers nowhere. and by the way the packers havent won a game this season so win first then talk.
    ____________________________

    Dude, you have issues… If this article was about your mother, you’d make up crap, just to make yourself FEEL better…. We could talk crap about your team all day, but us Packer fans will “Stay above that!!

  211. rikker12 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:27 PM

    gmoney63……….
    Packers are Whiners? Really? lol…. Don’t you see Harbaugh complaining about every flag or no call on the field? He’s the biggest whiner of them all!!
    I’ve always respected the 49ers and there class organization, but after watching Harbaugh and the way he handles himself, he has no respect for anyone but himself. Very good coach but a very good whiner as well!
    As for my opionion about this whole situation? It’s being over hyped. Every game there’s a late hit, but Harbaugh likes to feed the media to make it seem worst that what it really is.
    GB will move on, while the 49ers will keep bringing it up and complaining…. If the 49ers lose Sunday nite, Harbaugh will complain about something, just like the SB!

  212. vikescry1 says: Sep 10, 2013 9:54 PM

    4949centennial says:
    Sep 10, 2013 9:41 AM
    Clay threatens to hurt Kaepernick before the game. Then he launches himself in the air about 5 yards out of bounds and tries to choke Kaep while body slamming him.

    Then when Staley tries to stop him he punches Staley and slaps him.

    Yep, he is not a dirty player.

    ———————————————————————————————————————————————- niner fans on drugs?? there was no threat just said he needed to hit the opposing teams qb?? i thought that was part of the game, if u saw 5 yards out of bounds your as delusional as your coach. and how is staley stopping him?? the play was done, staley was having a bon bon while it happened. fact is it was a dumb boneheaded play and after the game clay admitted it. it’s done get over it…

  213. pushn50 says: Sep 10, 2013 10:32 PM

    Any niners fans saying GB got their butts kicked are blind homers who know nothing about football. GB was in this game till the final play and got beat by the team who played better football for 60 minutes. Every credible analyst agrees GB gave the niners all they could handle. GB has some holes to fill, but they’ll be just fine down the stretch.

    And yes, GB and McCarthy are wise to admit Matthews made a bonehead play, but to stand by him and not add more random, childish slop, ala Harbaugh. Dropping to Harbaugh’s level is something only a handful of buffoons would attempt, and it’s nice to see that MM is better than that.

  214. cmosiedrum says: Sep 10, 2013 10:43 PM

    sumthingsumthingdarkside says:
    Comments here are so stupid.

    1. Coaches are asked about the game and the things that transpired within in it all the time. People are acting like Harbaugh is taking time off to log in to his twitter and vent. He was asked what his reaction was after the game and he gave his opinion. I suggest actually listening to the interview before giving us your opinion about how much of a whiner he is.
    =========

    Correction: People are uninformed, and make comments here that are stupid because of that…

    Harbaugh is REQUIRED to do the press dog & pony show. All the coaches are and they all have to make comments on what the media askes them. If they don’t want to get fined from the NFL, they have to play the game, not just say “No Comment.”

    I encourage you to go to the 49ers web site and watch the unedited press conference, and see the play on words, smack talk that was done in the spirit of football, and calling out Mathews for making good on his word to hit CK, but in a stupid (some say dirty) way. I think Mathews just let his emotions get away from him. Luckily he didn’t injure anyone, or his reputation would have really taken a hit!

    Harbaugh takes his job seriously. All NFL coaches do. But NOT all of them are as passionate and back their players and compete the way he does. In all fairness, it is easy to understand why he can get on some of the other teams fans nerves. His way inspires his players – apperantly it does a good job if you look at his record. I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion – I can’t stand Belichick for his cut up hoodie wearing, pasty faced answers he gives. But I still have to respect what he does for his team. To each their own.

    Say what you want, there’s still no need to hate.

  215. draz81 says: Sep 11, 2013 12:06 AM

    @bayareafanatic
    Well said. That is harsh truth Green Bay.

  216. rockbottom37 says: Sep 11, 2013 12:52 AM

    Jim Schwartz will take care of Hairball next time he sees him

  217. rockbottom37 says: Sep 11, 2013 12:58 AM

    Is there a coach in the league that likes this guy? Hairbaugh gets under everyones skin

  218. stellarperformance says: Sep 11, 2013 6:05 AM

    First game. Tough loss. Not worried.

  219. stvang says: Sep 11, 2013 11:29 AM

    Harbaugh = Ryan

    Only difference

    49r’s are good the jets suck.

    Harbaugh will get run out of town when the inevitable slump comes. And I’ll enjoy watching every minute of it just as I have enjoyed watching the train wreck called the jets.

    Want to see your future 49er fans? Look no further that the Jets. That is your future.

  220. 52lightsxout52 says: Sep 11, 2013 12:55 PM

    I was a huge 9er fan during the Montana/Young era.
    The 49ers epitomized class. Now, not so much with Jim Hairball running that team…

  221. bayareafanatic says: Sep 11, 2013 1:10 PM

    Packers fans,
    just admit that our team is under your skin and the loss was hard to take.
    I know and recognize the feeling. The Pack owned us in the late 80′s early 90′s. I hated Brooks, Freeman and Farve.
    Guess what, it aint the 80′s anymore. Deal with it, the Niners are a top two team in the NFC and the Packers aren’t.
    Move on to the next game. WE are…….

  222. taintedsaints2009 says: Sep 11, 2013 7:05 PM

    say what you want, harbaugh wins games. lots and lots of games.

  223. sassy010395 says: Sep 12, 2013 7:00 AM

    We all love you Clay ROCK ON you are one of the best players in the NFL don’t let Harbough get to you remember they went to the super bowl last year and lost at least when we went in 2010 we won!!!!

  224. 49erfaithful4life says: Sep 12, 2013 12:50 PM

    1st game, 1st win…..49ers are the strongest team in the NFL…..Greenbay is middle of the road team at best…Lucky to live in the City Of Champions….always looking towards the future…

  225. sassy010395 says: Sep 12, 2013 5:56 PM

    All I have to say is 13 World Championship games for Green Bay. 49′ ers 5. You’ve got to love it:-)

  226. cantstanzi25 says: Sep 13, 2013 9:08 AM

    Im from the bay area and i really cant stand the 49ers ..it seems they always get coaches or management that are as phony as 3 dollar bills…I also have noticed the ravens harbaugh is a well respected players coach and the 49ers coach totally oppiste a whinner with lots of antics and drama like a little girl..and remember eddie d the one who cheated the salary cap as all other NFL teams were playing by the rules they NFL realized the 49ers had the highest payroll when it was all supposed to be pretty much same salary cap..he only got draft picks taken away from the team for being busted then we he got into other trouble they made him resign..the only guy i respect is Lott everyone else is fake and still today

  227. cantstanzi25 says: Sep 13, 2013 9:12 AM

    Raiders have 3 super bowl wins and 5 apperances to the super bowl total…so theres not much diffrance between 49ers and raiders but if the 49ers didnt cheat with salary cap in the 80s they should only have 2 total…thats pathetic that they had to cheat to get those other super bowls

  228. boscoesworld says: Sep 16, 2013 5:29 PM

    Leave it to the Forty WHINER fans to act like a 6 point win was a blow out!

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