The Washington Post

Colin Kaepernick on intimidation: You need a better game plan

Clay Matthews launched himself at Colin Kaepernick. (Ben Margot / AP)

The Green Bay Packers, with a bunch of pent-up feelings from last year’s playoff game, were ready to yap at the San Francisco 49ers. They were ready to hit, too.

But Colin Kaepernick was unfazed, choosing to pass his way to a win rather than using his legs. He threw for 412 yards and three touchdowns in the 49ers’ 34-28 victory and delivered the coolest line of the day, too. Kaepernick was the target of a late hit by Clay Matthews, who launched himself at the quarterback out of bounds.

“That’s free yards for us, a free play. It helped our offense out,” Kaepernick said. “It doesn’t bother me. We talked to each other a lot today.”

That last line was delivered with a sly smile, and Kaepernick followed it up with the breaking-baddest quote of the day.

“I’m not worried about what people are saying. If intimidation is your game plan,” Kaepernick said, “I hope you have a better one.”

The hit triggered a momentary gathering in which players jawed at one another before officials broke it up. The refs were so distracted they gave the 49ers an extra down–and Kaepernick’s arm did the talking with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin. Later, referee Bill Leavy did admit the zebras’ error.

Matthews wasn’t admitting anything and, by the end of the game, he and Kaepernick bore no hard feelings.

“First off, it wasn’t a very smart play,” Matthews said (via the Green Bay Press-Gazette). “I had already committed to hitting the quarterback, and I guess I should have figured he was going to step out of bounds. It was nothing personal. I went up to him later and was joking around with him. Not a very smart play.”

Matthews professed to be unconcerned about the fact that the 49ers’ possession might otherwise have ended on a field goal rather than a TD.

“Hindsight is 20/20. In a way it helped us out,” he said. “Maybe not my pocketbook though.”

That’s a given.

Follow @CindyBoren on Twitter and on Facebook.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Videos curated for you.
Play Videos
Deaf banjo player teaches thousands
Perks of private flying
Drawing as an act of defiance
Play Videos
Husband finds love, loss in baseball
Bao: The signature dish of San Francisco
From foster homes to the working world
Play Videos
How soccer is helping Philadelphia men kick the streets
Here's why you hate the sound of your own voice
The woman behind the Nats’ presidents ‘Star Wars’ makeover
Play Videos
How hackers can control your car from miles away
How to avoid harmful chemicals in school supplies
How much can one woman eat?
Next Story
Cindy Boren · September 9, 2013