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September 13, 2013
Clay Matthews docked $15K for late hit, but 49ers fined more


Clay Matthews' flying, out-of-bounds hit on Colin Kaepernick on Sunday will cost him $15,000, the NFL reported today. The hit sparked a sideline tussle, a tongue-lashing from 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and led to two blown calls by the officials.

In addition to a personal foul on Matthews, they also flagged left tackle Joe Staley for unsportsmanlike conduct, which the league later said shouldn't have been called. Staley was not fined. Officials also erroneously replayed the third-down play when it should have been fourth down. The 49ers scored a 10-yard touchdown on the play.

Harbaugh called Matthews' hit a "cheap shot," and he also poked fun at Matthews' open-palmed slap of Staley. Matthews apparently was not fined for striking Staley during the sideline scrum.

Meanwhile, the 49ers ended up paying a heftier sum.

The team's own outside linebacker, Ahmad Brooks, was penalized for roughing the passer two series later. The league fined him $12,750 -- $2,250 less than Matthews. Receiver Anquan Boldin was fined $7,875 for a late hit on cornerback Jarrett Bush in the third quarter.

Linebacker NaVorro Bowman, penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct on the Packers sideline, was not fined.

-- Matt Barrows

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Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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