Seahawks player leveled by guy in street clothes on 49ers sideline (GIF)

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 19:  Kick returner LaMichael James #23 of the San Francisco 49ers is hit by wide receiver Ricardo Lockette #83 of the Seattle Seahawks on a return in the first half during the 2014 NFC Championship at CenturyLink Field on January 19, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

LaMichael James is upended by Ricardo Lockette in the first half of the NFC championship game. (Jonathan Ferrey / Getty Images)

It wasn’t hype when the NFC championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks was promoted as a hard-hitting, physical matchup.

In the second quarter, LaMichael James of the 49ers was shaken up in a collision with Ricardo Lockette and the 49ers recovered. That was on the field.

Elsewhere, Seahawks gunner Jeremy Lane was pushed out of bounds on the play and, as he ran down the field, he was knocked down by an unidentified person standing just steps away from Coach Jim Harbaugh on the 49ers sideline. Very odd.

(H/T Bleacher Report)

It’s impossible to know just yet whether the contact was accident or whether something more malicious was intended.

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