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Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson bet: Loser shaves an eyebrow on Sunday

Russell-Wilson-Colin-Kaepernick-eyebrow-betThe San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks are facing off on Sunday in what should be a great game between two Super Bowl contenders. The question is, will more be on the line than early-season playoff position in the NFC West?

Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson recently starred in a commercial for Madden 25 together in which they make a friendly wager that the losing quarterback on Sunday has to shave an eyebrow off. My initial reaction is that it’s just a commercial and the two young stars would never do it, but then the message at the end of the 15-second clip popped up.

“See who loses an eyebrow after Sunday’s game.”

This is the NFL we’re talking about and one of the most popular video games of all time. You don’t have to create false wagers to get people to tune into the Seahawks-Niners game or buy a copy of the latest Madden, so could this be for real? I think I speak for everyone when I say that would be pretty lame if not.

UPDATE: Wilson addressed the commercial during a radio appearance and basically admitted no one will be shaving an eyebrow. Pansies.

Colin Kaepernick to Packers: You’ll need a better game plan than intimidation

Clay-Matthews-late-hit-Colin-KaepernickThe Green Bay Packers were more prepared for Colin Kaepernick on Sunday as a runner than they were in the playoffs last year, but the end result was the same. The San Francisco 49ers won the game and Kaepernick shredded Green Bay through the air, throwing for 412 yards and three touchdowns.

The Packers’ 34-28 loss also included a boneheaded play from Clay Matthews, who started a brawl when he dove at Kaepernick and tackled him as he was clearly out of bounds. After the game, Kaepernick was asked about that play and Matthews’ comments from earlier in the week about trying to get his hits in on the quarterback.

“I’m not worried about what people are saying,” Kaepernick said, via the Niners official website. “If intimidation is your game plan, I hope you have a better one.”

The play also led to a crucial mistake by the referees, who allowed San Francisco to replay 3rd down after offsetting penalties to both teams. Kaepernick then threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin on the next play. With the offsetting penalties after the play was over, it should have been 4th down. Matthews admitted it was a dumb play.

“First off, it wasn’t a very smart play,” he said. “I had already committed to hitting the quarterback. I guess I should have figured he was going to step out of bounds, but it was nothing personal. I went up to him later and was joking around with him. Not a very smart play.”

While there was no excuse for the officials to blow the call, Matthews realizes the confusion would have never occurred if he didn’t hit Kaepernick late. Green Bay clearly doesn’t intimidate Kaep. The Packers could very well have to go through San Francisco if they want to reach the Super Bowl this year, so they had better figure out a way to stop the second-year phenom by then.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Packers-49ers brawl after Clay Matthews’ late hit on Colin Kaepernick (Video)

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The Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers brawled during Sunday’s season opener after Clay Matthews launched himself at Colin Kaepernick with a late hit in the second quarter.

The Niners had a 3rd and 6 situation and Kaepernick didn’t find any receivers, so he decided to run to his left. He was by the sidelines and had stepped out of bounds when Matthews hit him, leading to an sportsmanlike conduct penalty for the linebacker. But Matthews’ late hit caused 49ers offensive lineman Joe Staley to get upset and step in to defend his quarterback. A mini-brawl broke out, and the teams were hit with offsetting penalties.

The referees actually made a mistake by allowing the 49ers to replay the down after the offsetting penalties. Kapernick threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin to make it 14-7 San Francisco on the replay of 3rd and 6. Maybe the touchdown was karma for the late hit.

There were a few questionable aspects of that drive. One, Packers coach Mike McCarthy opted to decline a 5-yard penalty for illegal formation, making it 3rd and 6 instead of 4th and 1. Two, the refs gave San Francisco an extra down when they allowed them to replay 3rd and 6.

Matthews said during the week before the game that he would be looking to get his hits in on Kaepernick. He was not lying.

Video of the brawl is below:

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Colin Kaepernick: Sydney Leroux is not my girlfriend

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Colin Kaepernick addressed rumors on Wednesday that he is dating soccer player Sydney Leroux. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback made it pretty clear that he isn’t.

“Not my girlfriend,” Kaepernick responded when asked by the local media.

Kaepernick was also asked if he watched Leroux’s four-goal game in the US Women’s National Team’s 7-0 win over Mexico on Tuesday. Kaepernick gave his typical business-like answer.

“I didn’t see the game. I was working.”

So do you take his word for it? We picked up on some potential flirting between the two when Leroux trash-talked Kaepernick on Saturday over the UCLA-Nevada football game, but that’s not enough to say they’re dating. Besides, the two are so busy with their careers, if anything, maybe they’re casually talking.

But if they are dating, then they each have chosen very well.

Jim Harbaugh thinks Green Bay Packers are targeting Colin Kaepernick

Colin KaepernickSan Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh expressed concern on Wednesday that the Green Bay Packers defense may be targeting quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the Week 1 game between the teams on Sunday.

Harbaugh is specifically worried about the ability of defenses to hit the opposing quarterback if the QB is carrying out a fake on a read-option play. Packers linebacker Clay Matthews told ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike” on Monday that they’ll be looking to get their licks in on Kaepernick on those plays.

“One of the things that the referees have told us is that when these quarterbacks carry out the fakes, they lose their right as a quarterback, a pocket-passing quarterback, the protection of a quarterback,” Matthews said on Mike & Mike. “So with that, you do have to take your shots on the quarterback, and obviously they’re too important to their offense. If that means they pull them out of that type of offense and make them run a traditional, drop-back, pocket-style offense, I think that’s exactly what we’re going for. So you want to put hits as early and often on the quarterback and make them uncomfortable.”

Harbaugh thinks what Matthews said indicates the Packers are planning to target Kaepernick. He even compared Matthews’ words to some of the stuff heard during the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal.

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Sydney Leroux talks trash to Colin Kaepernick over UCLA-Nevada game

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Sydney Leroux couldn’t resist sending some trash talk Colin Kaepernick’s way as she watched her UCLA Bruins take down his Nevada Wolfpack on Saturday evening.

Leroux, a former UCLA soccer star from 2008-2011 and current forward on the US Women’s National Team, sent a little chin music Kaep’s way while the Bruins were turning the game into a blowout during the second half:

The game was actually close at halftime — the Bruins were only up 17-13 — but UCLA turned it on for the second half and blew out the Wolfpack 41-7 to win 58-20.

Kaepernick, a four-year starter at Nevada, had no response for Leroux’s taunt.

Leroux and Kaepernick are actually friendly with each other. They follow each other on Twitter and were both featured in ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue. They were at an event in May and took a picture together, leading Leroux to crack a joke about all the tattoos both of them have:

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Colin Kaepernick, shirtless on GQ, has nightmares of his bad plays

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Colin Kaepernick is featured on one of two covers for GQ’s September NFL kickoff edition, joining Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III as one of the two cover guys. Our friend Jimmy Traina at SI Hot Clicks posted a photo of the shirtless, muscular San Francisco 49ers quarterback on Wednesday at the behest of one of his female readers. We decided since we post so many photos of women on here — like Amanda Dufner for instance — that our female fans might enjoy that pic of Kaepernick. There’s also this photo gallery of Kaepernick if you’re looking for more.

GQ did an interview with Kaepernick that’s pretty interesting. In the interview, Kaepernick said he wanted cornrows in middle school to be like Allen Iverson, and he had to travel 15 miles to find someone who could do that for him. He talked about what it was like growing up having a different skin color from the rest of his family. He said he didn’t run as a high school quarterback, even though he could, because his coaches didn’t want him to (something about keeping him healthy).

One thing from the interview that stood out is that Kaepernick wants people to know that he is an intellectual QB who puts in a ton of work on the mental side of the game. He’s such a perfectionist and visual player that he has nightmares of his bad plays.

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