SAN FRANCISCO -- Referee Bill Leavy confirmed after the 49ers' 34-28 win Sunday that a third-down play was incorrectly granted to the 49ers following a sideline fracas.

The 49ers should have faced fourth-and-2 from the Packers' 6-yard line after Colin Kaepernick's 4-yard scramble, after which he was tackled by Clay Matthews out of bounds. Matthews drew a late-hit penalty for his actions, but that was offset by Joe Staley's unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty.

Officials spotted the ball back at the 10-yard line and ordered a third-and-6 situation to be played again. Subsequently, Kaepernick found Anquan Boldin for a 10-yard touchdown pass and 14-7 lead.

Leavy said afterward: "The down should have counted. The penalties were both dead ball, and they should have offset at the spot where the runner went out of bounds. And it would have been fourth down."

Coach Jim Harbaugh disagreed with the officials' penalization of Staley.

"Joe did what we coach him to do: when someone takes a cheap shot, we teach them to lock up," Harbaugh said. "He did that and Matthews throws two punches at him.

"Officials had their explanation ... for them to be offsetting penalties. I didn't see it that way."

The 49ers were penalized 11 times for 85 yards; the Packers five times for 44 yards.

Kaepernick didn't seem to mind the Packers' aggressive tactics, stating: "If intimidation is your game plan, I hope you have a better one."


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