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Clay Matthews might become Villain No. 1 in San Francisco with late hit on Colin Kaepernick

Eric Edholm
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Following an Eddie Lacy fumble, the San Francisco 49ers were in business, tied at 7-7, with the ball deep in Green Bay territory.

But the Packers forced a third-and-6 from at the Packers' 10-yard line and flushed Colin Kaepernick out of the pocket. He scrambled to try to get the first but stepped out before the marker for what should have brought up a fourth down and a field-goal attempt.

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Instead, mayhem ensued. Clay Matthews started the fire by ringing Kaepernick around the neck on an extremely late tackle out of bounds. Had nothing else happened at that point, it would have been first and goal inside the 5-yard line.

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But then 49ers offensive tackle Joe Staley came to the rescue (you could say) of his quarterback and got into it with Matthews in what could have escalated into a major brawl. Anquan Boldin, in his first game with the 49ers, was also seen slapping a Packers player, but the end result was offsetting unsportsmanlike conduct fouls each on Matthews and Staley. 

Gee, do you think these teams like each other? 

49ers fans might not be putting up any Matthews Fathead stickers on their walls anytime soon.Staley could have been a semi-goat, but the officials got it wrong, adding another layer of controversy to the play. Because there were dead-ball fouls that occurred after the end of the play, it should have been 4th-and-2, not a replay of the previous down. 

FOX's Mike Pereira explains. 

Instead, Kaepernick and Boldin hooked up on the do-over 3rd-and-6 play for a touchdown and a 14-7 49ers lead. This play will be talked about for a while.

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