I think everyone agrees Clay Matthews made a bone headed decision by trying to take down Colin Kaepernick on 3rd down; but deep down, especially after the miserable loss to the 49ers in the playoffs last year, we all cheered. Admit it, you were happy when Colin Kaepernick hit the turf (I’ll admit it). I’ll even wager some Packers fans kept cheering as Matthews and the rest of the defense got in the ensuing brawl.
This in my mind was a sort of collective validation for Packers fans, who were sick and tired of listening to the allegations of the Packers being a “soft” team and were looking for some example to show everyone otherwise. On Green and Gold Today, surprisingly multiple callers chimed in that they had no problem with late hit and wouldn’t mind seeing Matthews do the same again.
To me this is a very dangerous slippery slope; it’s one thing to play aggressive and at the edge of the rules, it’s another thing to break them. You simply have to look east to see what happens when a team takes it’s aggressiveness too far.