Originally written on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 11/19/14

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 7: Clay Matthews #52 f the Green Bay Packers celebrates after he sacked Joe Flaco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens at Lambeau Field on December 7, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Mike McCarthy heard Jim Harbaugh's comments about Clay Matthews and shared them with his Green Bay Packers players in Monday's team meeting. McCarthy, however, has a much different opinion of his star outside linebacker than what the San Francisco 49ers coach does. "Clay Matthews is not a dirty player, by no means," McCarthy said Monday. "As always, we'll stay above it." Leading up to Sunday's game -- which San Francisco won 34-28, Matthews talked about taking shots on quarterback Colin Kaepernick as a way to slow down the 49ers' read-option offense. Harbaugh called it "tough talk" and said it sounded like "targeting a specific player." Well, when Matthews had a chance to hit Kaepernick in the game, he didn't hesitate, including on one play after the whistle. Kaepernick had stepped out of bounds when Matthews jumped at a fully horizontal angle and took down the mobile San Francisco quarterback. Matthews was called for a personal foul, but the hit escalated a m...
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