There was a lot of noise leading up to the game about Clay Matthews saying the Packers wanted to hit Colin Kaepernick. That produced a controversy that seemed mostly contrived because most teams would prefer to punish the opposition’s quarterback. But now that dumb controversy gets validation because Clay Matthews committed a way late launching hit on Colin Kaepernick out of bounds late in the first half of the Packers-49ers game.

Matthews’ hit will almost certainly produce a fine. As well as a lot of hot sports takes about whether Clay Matthews is a dirty player who wished to visit death on Colin Kaepernick.