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

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.

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.
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