“Colin (Kaepernick) scrambles out of bounds, you get the personal foul play. You talk about launching, you talk about a clothesline to the neck area when our quarterback is 6-7 feet out of bounds… I was kind of struck. 
I looked at it with my own eyes, I could see two punches thrown to Joe’s (Staley) head. Well, one punch and one open slap. If you’re going to go to the face, come with some knuckles.
I think that young man (Clay Matthews) works hard on being a tough guy, he’ll have some repairing to do to his image after the slap. All in all, there were a lot of things going on in that stretch. That certainly was a cheap shot.”
- 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh on “The Clothesline”
(AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Colin (Kaepernick) scrambles out of bounds, you get the personal foul play. You talk about launching, you talk about a clothesline to the neck area when our quarterback is 6-7 feet out of bounds… I was kind of struck.

I looked at it with my own eyes, I could see two punches thrown to Joe’s (Staley) head. Well, one punch and one open slap. If you’re going to go to the face, come with some knuckles.

I think that young man (Clay Matthews) works hard on being a tough guy, he’ll have some repairing to do to his image after the slap. All in all, there were a lot of things going on in that stretch. That certainly was a cheap shot.”

- 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh on “The Clothesline

(AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Packers at 49ers: Bookends

by @steven_lebron

These two teams met in Week 1 of the regular season, with San Francisco winning 30-22 in Lambeau Field. The game was not as close as the final score indicated. Let’s use what happened in that game to give us a sense of how these two teams have changed since.

Expectations coming into the season: Many people expected the 49ers to regress from their performance from last year, though few thought they would have much challenge from the rest of their NFC West counterparts. They were wrong on both. The 49ers retained all their starters on defense and that group came up big. A mid-season quarterback change from Alex Smith to Colin Kaepernick has worked for the most part, though it will be the defense and special teams that will decide how far the 49ers go in these playoffs.

As for the Packers, they were coming off a historic regular season tainted by a home playoff loss to the Giants. The Week 1 loss to San Francisco surprised some, and Green Bay would get off to a slow start before turning it around, and have rounded into a popular pick as Super Bowl contenders again.

David Akers kicks 63-yard field goal: He did in the first game, one of three in the first half, to give the 49ers a 16-7 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish. The rest of the season hasn’t gone as well for Akers, and now he is competing with the Billy Cundiff for the starting kicker spot. The last thing you want is a question mark at that position in the post-season. We’ll see if that comes back to haunt the 49ers.

Randy Moss catches first touchdown pass of the season: At the start of the season, many were thinking about how the Smith-Moss combination would ignite the team’s offense. Now, it’s Kaepernick-Crabtree with a heavy dose of Gore, who’s quietly put together yet another great season. We’ll see how Kaepernick does in his playoff debut.

James Jones catches a touchdown late in the game: And went onto lead the league in touchdown catches this season. The Packers — like the Saints last year, like Warner’s Rams before that — are the sexy pick. They have Rodgers, they have their full set of wide receivers back, and a defense that bends but doesn’t break.

But the home field will make a difference, the 49ers defense — if healthy — will give them an edge — and we’ve seen this year how Rodgers can be taken out of a game when his offensive line can’t protect him (see: at Seahawks, at Giants and their first matchup against San Francisco).

And too often, we get caught up in the team that we remember most recently, the teams that played in the wild card week, and forget how the other teams actually earned their byes. There’s a bias there, this one is a close call, but I like the way this 49ers team is built, and I think when you put it all together, they’re the better overall team.

49ers win 27-21.

What does everybody think?

Week 7: Getting Stronger
(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
*Previously 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6*

Week 7: Getting Stronger

(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

*Previously 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6*

(Source: ESPN)

Hey look, Clay Matthews is still playing football. I thought he only did commercials these days. Nope, tonight he’s back making plays. In half a game of play he has one solo tackle, 1.5 sacks, 2 quarterback hits and is responsible for multiple Jay Cutler contusions.
In other strange news, the only tochdown pass this evening has been thrown by Green Bay’s holder.

Hey look, Clay Matthews is still playing football. I thought he only did commercials these days. Nope, tonight he’s back making plays. In half a game of play he has one solo tackle, 1.5 sacks, 2 quarterback hits and is responsible for multiple Jay Cutler contusions.

In other strange news, the only tochdown pass this evening has been thrown by Green Bay’s holder.

"This is normal right!?"
- Clay Matthews III

"This is normal right!?"

- Clay Matthews III

danielholter:

Heroes, the both o’ yas.

danielholter:

Heroes, the both o’ yas.

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It’s not enough that Packers LB Clay Matthews will be facing off against Steelers S Troy Polomalu in Super Bowl XLV. It seems their hair will be pitted against each other, now that Matthews has signed with the Suave Shampoo brand versus Polomalu with Head & Shoulders.
Thus begs the question: Who’s got better hair?

It’s not enough that Packers LB Clay Matthews will be facing off against Steelers S Troy Polomalu in Super Bowl XLV. It seems their hair will be pitted against each other, now that Matthews has signed with the Suave Shampoo brand versus Polomalu with Head & Shoulders.

Thus begs the question: Who’s got better hair?

Clay Matthews III is a champion Hesher.
That hat will go perfectly with his torn acid-washed jeans, white reebok hi-tops and Megadeth shirt. 
(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Clay Matthews III is a champion Hesher.

That hat will go perfectly with his torn acid-washed jeans, white reebok hi-tops and Megadeth shirt. 

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Playoff gear. The Hairline Tee.

Playoff gear. The Hairline Tee.