Clay Matthews’ High-Flying, Late Hit on Colin Kaepernick Leads to Brawl Between Packers, 49ers (GIFs)

The Packers and 49ers opened up their seasons with a bang — and some punches and a brawl for good measure.

The last time the two teams met, the Niners beat Green Bay in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs. Green Bay couldn’t figure out a way to stop Colin Kaepernick as San Francisco rolled to a 45-31 victory, but on Sunday afternoon, Clay Matthews wanted to show that some things had changed since then.

On a third-down play, Kaepernick scrambled left and headed to the sidelines. He was a couple of steps out of bounds when Matthews lunged full-speed at the quarterback and made a big tackle on him.

A skirmish quickly ensued between the two squads as the 49ers made their way over to defend their quarterback. Matthews’ late hit earned him a penalty on the play, but 49ers offensive lineman Joe Staley also received one for confronting the Packers linebacker, and the result was offsetting penalties.

Check out GIFs of the series of events below, courtesy of Bleacher Report.

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