Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/20/14

CHICAGO - DECEMBER 13: Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates a sack against Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 13, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Packers defeated the Bears 21-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews was fined $15,000 for a hit on San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the teams' season opener. According to the NFL, Matthews was fined ''for striking an opponent late.'' Matthews drew a personal-foul penalty in the 49ers' 34-28 win Sunday after he tackled Kaepernick out of bounds deep in Green Bay territory during the second quarter. A fracas between players from both teams followed on the sideline when Matthews and 49ers left tackle Joe Staley began pushing and shoving. Staley received an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty. That offset the late-hit call against Matthews, resulting in a replay of third down at the Packers' 10-yard line. Kaepernick then connected with Anquan Boldin for a 10-yard touchdown pass to put the 49ers ahead 14-7. The announcement of the fine came Friday afternoon after the Packers completed their post-practice obligations with the media. When he spoke with reporters Thursday, Matthews wouldn't comment on sp...
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