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Kearse, Wilfork latest to be fined by NFL

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Two heroes from the conference title games last weekend were fined by the NFL on Friday, adding to a fine-filled week from those games.

Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, who caught the winning touchdown pass in overtime in Seattle’s 28-22 win over the Green Bay Packers, became the fourth Seahawk to be fined out of that NFC Championship Game.

The league penalized him the standard $5,512 for throwing the football into the stands after the score. He had referred to it as a release of frustration after a tough day that saw two balls go off his hands for interceptions.

From the AFC title game, New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork was fined $8,268 for a late hit in his team’s 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

After that game, Wilfork was a real-life hero, pulling a woman from her car after it had overturned and trapped her.

The NFL previously this week fined Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch, wide receiver Chris Matthews and guard J.R. Sweezy, as well as Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews.

Lynch was fined $20,000 for grabbing his crotch after scoring late in the fourth quarter, and the league thought Chris Matthews did the same thing as he congratulated Lynch after that touchdown. Matthews was hit with an $11,025 fine.

A tweet by Lynch appeared to express his displeasure over the fine levied against Matthews: “I feel embarrassed to work for a particular organization that fined a teammate of mine for shaking my hand after a touchdown.”

Clay Matthews was fined $22,050 for an illegal hit on quarterback Russell Wilson and Sweezy was fined $8,268 for an unnecessary roughness penalty on Clay Matthews.

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