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Clay Matthews Fined $15,000 for Late Hit on 49ers' Colin Kaepernick

Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews has been fined $15,000 for his late hit out of bounds on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last Sunday, the NFL announced.

Matthews flew in and tackled Kaepernick while the 49ers quarterback was running out of bounds in second quarter of the game. That ignited a fight in which Matthews threw punches at 49ers tackle Joe Staley.

It also set off Jim Harbaugh, who told Matthews to fight like a man.

“If you’re going to go to the face, come with some knuckles, not an open slap,” Harbaugh said. “That young man works very hard on being a tough guy. He’ll have some repairing to do to his image after the slap.”

Matthews responded by saying that he is an “awesome player,” and not dirty.

Perhaps in a twist of fate, the referees mistakenly allowed the 49ers to replay third down after the Matthews hit when it should have been fourth down. On the ensuing play, Kaepernick connected with Anquan Boldin for a 10-yard touchdown on the very next play.

However, Matthews wasn’t the only one fined. 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks was fined $12,750 for roughing the passer, and Boldin was docked $7,875 for a late hit on Jarrett Bush in the third quarter.

In total, the fines add up to a hefty $35,625. The NFL is clearly not messing around with protecting its players.

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  • CLW

    The obnoxious, winning, SF fans got their wish. They would rather he got hanged from a goal post cross bar. I’ve seen worse & their was no fine, like the Sapp hit on Clifton. Moss stepping on a prone Packer’s chest on the side line. It wasn’t blatant like Martin slamming McHan to the turf, & separating his shoulder. 97 percent of some of the posts on some of the Packer fan sites are SF exaggeration, profanity, hate against Clay. They behave like they lost. I think they are angery because they didn’t win big by a bigger score.

  • CLW

    Clay was not fined for hitting Kap out of bounds, because Clay left his feet while Kap’s right foot was still in bounds. He was fined for launching. Dumb choice by Clay that cost us a TD. A push would have been enough. The Ref blew the call & would have probably made them kick a FG with it 4th & 2. I think everybody including Refs yielded to the pressure, because of importance of the game.