When the Green Bay Packers take on the San Francisco 49ers to open the 2013 regular season, you can expect Packers line-backer Clay Matthews to try to hit 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as often as he can.

Matthews thinks hitting him will help to slow down Kaepernick’s running. Last season he ran for 181 yards in the game, Harbaugh is going to be watching very carefully to see that the Packers are putting any illegal hits on his star quarterback.

The 49ers could change the style of the offense they run to abandon the read option to get Kaepernick the same kind of protection offered to any other NFL pocket passer. The Packers defense is going to have to be aware of what kind of rules are protecting the quarterback in this game.

Once a quarterback leaves the pocket, he is fair game to take the same kind if hits as a running back. But if the QB drops back and stays in the pocket then different rules apply. The Packers are going to have to be careful to just how Kaepernick is playing the game, otherwise they could be facing penalties for roughing the passer.

You can bet this game is going to be an interesting game to watch. There has been a lot made out of the way the Packers want to hit Kaepernick this week and Harbaugh doesn’t like the ruling the NFL came up with for the read option quarterback.

You can expect some tempers to flair in this game.


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