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    Jim Harbaugh loves a rivalry. He believes they make your team better. "I think it … raises the bar for both teams," he said.

  • Ben Margot / The Associated Press

    Green Bay's Clay Matthews brings down the 49ers' Colin Kaepernick in the second quarter Sunday on a play that triggered a brief melee.

Fine to Packers' Matthews not enough in minds of 49ers

Published: Saturday, Sep. 14, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Saturday, Sep. 14, 2013 - 3:42 pm

SANTA CLARA – The NFL fined Packers linebacker Clay Matthews $15,000 for his flying, out-of-bounds hit on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Sunday.

But it didn't appease everyone on the 49ers.

"Probably just punch him in the face," guard Alex Boone said Friday when asked how he'd punish Matthews. "I don't want his money."

Boone and left tackle Joe Staley seemed to be particularly worked up after Matthews' hit and the brief melee on the sideline that followed. NFL Films caught the two on camera when they returned to the 49ers' side of the field.

Said an animated Boone to Kaepernick: "That ain't going to be tolerated at all."

Kaepernick: "I got you, I got you."

Staley to Kaepernick: "I hear you about that, but we're setting a precedent. No one is (expletive) hitting you late."

Asked about Matthews' fine, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said: "I have no reaction to it. I have zero reaction to the fines. They're at the discretion of the league. I have nothing to say about that publicly."

Interestingly, the 49ers were fined more than the Packers.

Outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks, penalized for roughing the passer two series later, was fined $12,750. Receiver Anquan Boldin was fined $7,875 for a late hit on cornerback Jarrett Bush in the third quarter.

Harbaugh also appeared to dodge a fine.

At the start of the game, he was wearing a sweat shirt issued by the league's previous sponsor, Reebok, instead of the current one, Nike. He changed clothes at halftime and later called it an innocent mistake.

After all, all of his clothes look alike.

Two angry men – Brandon Browner, one half of the Seahawks' suffocating cornerback duo, is doubtful for Sunday's game and will be a game-time decision. Browner has a strained hamstring.

He did not play in the opener at Carolina, with Walter Thurmond starting opposite Richard Sherman, and the Seahawks held Carolina quarterback Cam Newton to 125 passing yards. Browner also missed last year's game in Seattle against the 49ers, which the Seahawks won 42-13.

Browner gained notoriety this offseason for his response to Harbaugh's comments about the Seahawks' Adderall-related suspensions, saying he wished he could get Harbaugh onto the field. "I'd put my hands around his neck," Browner told KJR radio.

Defensive end Cliff Avril, another Seahawks player with a history of venom against the 49ers, is expected to play.

Avril, also dealing with a hamstring injury, is listed as probable. Avril, a free-agent acquisition from Detroit this offseason, got into a Twitter battle with 49ers right tackle Anthony Davis following the 49ers' last-minute win against the Lions two years ago.

In the rematch at Candlestick Park last season, Avril was involved in a series of scrapes, most of them with Davis. He also poked Vernon Davis in the eye, causing the tight end to sit out parts of the game. Avril also attempted to rip off Anthony Davis' helmet.

"He tried to do it a lot," Anthony Davis said last year. "He hates me. It's so funny. We don't even know each other. You can just tell it burns him up."

Mangini lauded – New offensive consultant Eric Mangini was in the coaches' booth during Sunday's win over Green Bay, and offensive coordinator Greg Roman credited him for helping with the victory.

Mangini, a two-time head coach in the NFL, is known as a defensive expert. His role on game days is to analyze the opponent's defense and pass on his observations to Roman and the other offensive coaches.

"Oh yeah, he's part of our staff," Roman said. "And he's up there, eyes on the defense, and between series we'll get together and talk."

Injuries – The only 49ers player on the injury report is LaMichael James, who is questionable with a knee injury but is expected to play.

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