Harbaugh calls out Matthews after late hit, fight

Harbaugh calls out Matthews after late hit, fight

By Jay Sorgi wtih Tony Atkins. CREATED Sep 9, 2013 - UPDATED: Sep 9, 2013

The blood is boiling a little more between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers.

This time, it's not anything done on the field, like the late hit from Clay Matthews on Colin Kaepernick during the Packers' 34-28 loss to the 49ers, or the fight that happened after the hit.

Now, it's the comments from 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh about Matthews.

As tweeted by Comcast Sportsnet (NBC) Bay Area's Matt Maiocco:

And from the San Francisco Chronicle's Eric Branch:

McCarthy took the high road in defending his linebacker, saying "Clay Matthews is not a dirty player, by no means."

"We talk collectively as a team staying above that stuff...we're focused on Washington," he added in an exclusive conversation with 620WTMJ/NBC Packers reporter Larry McCarren.

He went on the record in his news conference about the play in itself.

"I thought it was a bad decision by Clay,” said McCarthy. “He was overzealous, left his feet playing hard...I think it is football. It was blown out of proportion. Clay played well in the game. I thought it was one of a couple of bad plays."