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Clay Matthews

The hammer of Thor will be dropped.

The San Francisco 49ers clearly intend on throwing any and everyone they have at Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews, on Sunday.

Matthews and his league-leading 11.5 sacks will be lined up across from rookie right tackle Anthony Davis. Granted, Davis was a first-round pick this season, but he’s struggled in every game with the exception of the 49ers win over Arizona, last week.

Davis had these confidence-inspiring words when asked about Matthews.

“I don’t really want to talk about it,” Davis said. “I’m just going to keep getting better, you know what I’m saying?”

You’re going to shit your pants when you see Matthews? Is that what you’re saying?

Luckily for Davis, he won’t have to handle Matthews by himself.

No, the 49ers will throw another schlub at Clay — center Tony Wragge, who will be making his first start since 2006 and whose normal position is guard.

The 49ers won’t stop there, either. They plan on using running backs Brian Westbrook and Anthony Dixon, which is kind of laughable. Westbrook has played sparingly this season because he didn’t know the 49ers’ protection schemes and Dixon is a rookie who wasn’t asked to block in college.

Fortunately for the 49ers, they have one more weapon in their blocking arsenal — tight end Vernon Davis.

It’s also fortunate for the Packers. The more Davis has to chip Matthews, the less he’s going to be able to get deep down the middle of the field. If the 49ers use Davis extensively in pass protection, he isn’t going to be able to run much more than short crosses and outs.

It’s amazing how one guy can affect a game plan so significantly, but Matthews has become that guy.

I put the over/under on the number of sacks Matthews has on Sunday at three.


Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.