San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews’ late hit against Colin Kapernick was a “cheap shot” on his quaterback.
“All in all, there were a lot of things going on in that stretch,” Harbaugh said.
“That certainly was a cheap shot,” Harbaugh said of Matthews’ launching tackle on a third-and-six scramble.
Harbaugh also wasn’t pleased with Matthews’ retaliation against tackle Joe Staley, who grabbed the outside linebacker after the hit.
“I looked at it with my own eyes, I could see two punches thrown to Joe’s head. Well, one punch and one open slap,” Harbaugh said. “If you’re going to go to the face, come with some knuckles… I think that young man works hard on being a tough guy, he’ll have some repairing to do to his image after that slap.”
The NFL has admitted that Staley shouldn’t have been penalized.
“Colin scrambles out of bounds, you get the personal foul play,” Harbaugh said. “You talk about launching, you talk about a clothesline to the neck area when our quarterback is 6-7 feet out of bounds.”
Via Alex Friedman