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Ref Admits He Botched Call After Clay Matthews’ Hit

Clay Matthews hit on Colin Kaepernick

It may not have been the smartest play of the Green Bay Packers loss to the San Francisco 49ers, but it was surely the best one. That is, Clay Matthews grabbing Colin Kaepernick around the neck and planting him into the turf well out of bounds.

Matthews drew a penalty for the hit and then 49ers tackle Joe Staley drew an offsetting penalty when he came over and got into it with Matthews.

The refs then replayed third down and Kaepernick threw a touchdown to Anquan Boldin. One problem. It should have been fourth down. The ref admitted the error after the game.

“The down should have counted,” referee Bill Leavy told a pool reporter after the game. “The penalties were both dead ball, and they should have offset at the spot where the runner went out of bounds. And it would have been fourth down.”

Maybe it would have made a difference in the game and maybe not. If it’s 4th-and-2 in that situation, maybe the 49ers settle for the field goal.

Then again, there’s a good possibility they would have gone for it that deep in Packers territory. It doesn’t really make sense to speculate at this point.

Let’s just watch Kaepernick get slammed again.

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.



  1. Packer Bob September 9, 2013

    I love Kaerpernick’s “Where’s the flag?! Where’s the flag?!” arm masturbation after the hit. Haurbaugh must have helped him practice that one.

  2. TyKo Steamboat September 9, 2013

    Forget all that.

    You want to win a game against a good San Fran team on the road? A smoken hot QB like Kap…Well then…Don’t commit stupid penalties. Don’t hit a QB late out of bounds to begin with.

    Staley’s retaliation wasn’t even really “Penalty worthy” in my opinion.

    If we wanted to win this game, you don’t fumble (Lacy)
    You don’t drop balls that get picked (Finley)
    & you don’t hit a QB late out of bounds on a 3rd down (Matthews)

    1. Sean September 9, 2013

      ….and you don’t have a defense that overmatched against a 49ers passing game featuring a 33 year-old WR and a bunch of backups. A defense that looked surprisingly like 2011 when this team couldn’t cover jack squat despite winning 15 games.

      Can’t wait until they “look at the film” and “correct some things.”

      1. Iltarion September 9, 2013

        Watch the game next time and then comment. Thanks.

        The only reason the Packers were in the game in the first half was because of the defense.

        1. TyKo Steamboat September 9, 2013

          Hmmm….yes & no. Front 7 played well. Secondary did not.

          We stuffed their run game but Kap & Boldin had a field day through the air. Our secondary needs work.

  3. Sean September 9, 2013

    Loved the hit… old school move. Let’s the dude know he’s going to hit throughout the game.

    NFL now says that the Staley penalty shouldn’t have been flagged…. well isn’t that convenient.

    1. Cheese September 9, 2013

      Oh so now their mistake was the right thing to do. It would be nice if these refs had a clue what they were doing. I guess it doesn’t matter though. The NFL will issue some lame excuse that doesn’t even have to make sense because they know that nobody is going to stop watching.

    2. the real russ letlow September 9, 2013

      maybe not Staley, but Boldin was throwing down with Sam Shields, and it looked to me like he threw a punch. That IS penalty worthy, NFL.

  4. Tucson Packer September 9, 2013

    Just like Seahawks, we shouldn’t let it “all” come down to one controversial play. We should win the game by minimum 10 pts.

    With that said, if any 49er fan says the game wasn’t even close is full of it

  5. E. Wolf September 9, 2013

    CM3 launches just as CK heads out of bounds. I do not think that should be a late hit. If it is, it is by fractions of a sentence.
    Btw, the League announced that the refs botches two calls, that there should have been no personal foul call. More Orwellian doublespeak to cover their ass. Love the Pack, but not the NFL. GO PACK! Everyone else–EVERYONE ELSE–can burn in hell. The NIners, the Vikings, the League, the refs. EVERYONE!

    1. PF4L September 9, 2013

      It was a late hit, plain and simple…Matter of fact, it was a (gasp) cheap shot. (Lets not act like Detroit fans). Call it what it was. But to me, it was CM3, he’s not known for this, and I can see where he wanted to smack Kaep in the mouth because Kaep is a jag bag. When interviewed, Kaepernick acts like he’s accomplished something in the league, acts like he’s won multiple SB’s already….i’d like to smack him upside the head also.

      1. E. Wolf September 9, 2013

        As usual, I was not asking you, and do not care what you think.

  6. the real russ letlow September 9, 2013

    I loved the hit, and the scrum afterward. At that point in the game, inside of the red zone, it didn’t change anything. If the refs make the right call…who knows? Clay said it wasn’t the smartest thing to do, but I sure didn’t hear him apologizing, and I hope he doesn’t.

  7. Arcturus September 9, 2013

    Keep Clay Evil.

  8. Iltarion September 9, 2013

    If Kap is one yard past the marker, it is a GREAT hit. With Kap 2 yards short of it, it is a TERRIBLE play that cost his team 4 points.

    I think we are going to like this Clay Matthews-led defense, but this was the wrong play to make a statement on.

    1. E. Wolf September 9, 2013

      If it was a late hit, it was by nano-seconds. The NFL is getting soft.

  9. Richard Cranium September 9, 2013

    Late hit and loved it! To bad it wasn’t on both knees or helmet to helmet. I can’t wait till Bears week when I forward the YouTube clip of Charles Martin to all the Bears fans I know! Maybe someone on the hawks will slam that prick just like that Sunday!