The NFL on Friday slapped Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews with a $15,000 fine for his late hit on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the season opener on Sunday.
But two 49ers players received fines totaling more than $20,000 in separate incidents.
Outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks was fined $12,750 for a roughing-the-passer penalty against Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers in the third quarter. And wide receiver Anquan Boldin was fined $7,875 for a late hit against Packers defensive back Jarrett Bush in the third quarter. Brooks was penalized 15 yards in the game, while Boldin was not penalized.
Matthews was penalized for a personal foul on a play in which he left his feet and hit Kaepernick around the shoulder area with his right arm -- a play 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh labeled a “cheap shot” and a “clothesline.” Kaepernick was several feet out of bounds when Matthews struck him.
Left tackle Joe Staley, who was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct after going over to confront Matthews, was not fined. NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino on Monday said Staley’s actions did not warrant a penalty.
In fact, Matthews appeared to strike Staley twice during the ensuring melee -- actions that Harbaugh mocked.
“I could see two punches thrown to Joe’s head -- well, one punch and one open slap, which . . . if you’re going to go to the face, come with some knuckles,” Harbaugh said on Monday. “I think that young man works very hard on being a tough guy. He’ll have some repairing to do to his image after the slap.”
Offsetting penalties were incorrectly enforced to replay third down, and Kaepernick threw a touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin on the next play. The 49ers went on to a 34-28 victory at Candlestick Park.