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Bears' Peppers fined $10,000 for hit on Packers' quarterback


Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (90) intercepts a pass by Minnesota Vikings Brett Favre in front of Vikings running back Toby Gerhart (L) during the first quarter of their NFC, NFL football game at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, December 20, 2010. REUTERS/Eric Miller
Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (90) intercepts a pass by Minnesota Vikings Brett Favre in front of Vikings running back Toby Gerhart (L) during the first quarter of their NFC, NFL football game at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, December 20, 2010. REUTERS/Eric Miller

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers in the NFC championship game.

The fine was for unnecessary roughness, the NFL said in a statement.

Peppers was penalized for roughing the passer on the play.

Green Bay won the game 21-14 to qualify for the Super Bowl where it will play the Pittsburgh Steelers on February 6.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; editing by Rex Gowar)

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