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Justin Tuck says the Falcons play dirty

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We have our first incendiary comments of the wild card round of the playoffs.

Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, who’s preparing to play against the Falcons on Sunday, says the Atlanta offensive line plays dirty and takes cheap shots.

“Yeah we’ve seen it. We know they have that quote-unquote ‘reputation,’” Tuck said. “Most people, you would call them dirt bags. But it is what it is. We got to make sure we do our job and if we are doing our job well. Then they will be upset and they will be trying to do things to get us off our game, and we’ve got to take that as a compliment.”

It’s not unusual for opposing defensive linemen to say the Falcons’ offensive line is dirty. Packers defensive linemen Ryan Pickett and B.J. Raji both accused the Falcons of dirty play when the teams met in the regular season, and a couple of weeks later Lions defensive end Cliff Avril said the Falcons pride themselves on being dirty. So there may be some merit to what Tuck is saying.

Or maybe it’s just about getting fired up for the playoffs.

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  1. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 3, 2012 7:48 AM

    Everyone in the NFL knows the Falcons cut block as much as any team not named Baltimore. WATCH OUT FOR THOSE KNEES, GUYS. They know you’re trying to kill Matty Melted Ice, since they know they can’t block each of you with that weak line.

    I’m not worried about Turner. I just don’t want Ryan to have the time to get the ball to White downfield and ESPECIALLY Jones.

    Boley will contain Gonzalez.

  2. berniemadoffsides says: Jan 3, 2012 7:52 AM

    Beat them into the ground, Justin…

  3. sommerday says: Jan 3, 2012 7:54 AM

    In the new Goodell NFL, the Atlanta Falcons have repeatedly come out as whiners (whining is the new tough?).

  4. chetwynnr says: Jan 3, 2012 8:00 AM

    Hey, they ALL play dirty. It’s a mind game as much as a physical one. Dominance should be the name of the game not football. Soccer is football.

  5. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 3, 2012 8:01 AM

    LOL at the statement…”so there may be some merit to what Tuck is saying.”

    Mike Mularky coached teams have always had O Lines that have been nasty and play to the whistle. The Falcons’ O line have been called dirty ever since Mularky became O Coordinator..

  6. speedlimit41 says: Jan 3, 2012 8:02 AM

    Does he ever shut up?

  7. mike83ri says: Jan 3, 2012 8:03 AM

    I guess Tuck has never heard of The Dirty Bird.

  8. packattack1967 says: Jan 3, 2012 8:04 AM

    They have had this entitlement attitude in my opinion the last year or so. They have been pissed off ever since Rodgers torched them.

  9. notrelated says: Jan 3, 2012 8:06 AM

    Last year DJ, this year Maclin. There’s just one team. Going out of your way to injure people isn’t football, it’s assault. The Falcons are trash.

  10. test2402 says: Jan 3, 2012 8:10 AM

    Tim Tebow doesn’t play dirty.

  11. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 3, 2012 8:12 AM

    speedlimit41 says:
    Jan 3, 2012 8:02 AM
    Does he ever shut up?

    ———

    When he actually says something that isn’t true and isn’t telling it like it is, ALERT ME.

    Until then, SHADDAP clown.

  12. rajuncajun28 says: Jan 3, 2012 8:13 AM

    The Failcons can’t win through conventional means due to lack of talent and coaching, so they cheat and play dirty to win…and, it still does not work…MNF beat down by the Saints is a perfect example….Failcons are a second-tier team incapable of playing at elite levels like the Saints…it is just FACT…..Saints > Failcons….

    FALCONS = Fans Always Leave Counting On Next Season….joke of the NFL….

  13. cruells says: Jan 3, 2012 8:14 AM

    Bu-Freaking-Hu..

    What is he a seven year old girl?

    He will have more to cry about after the Falcons beat the Giants..

    After the game he will properly be crying about how Matt Ryan just threw the ball to damn fast and hard for the cry baby to make a play..

  14. fissels says: Jan 3, 2012 8:14 AM

    Somebody needs to shut him up

  15. jasku880 says: Jan 3, 2012 8:21 AM

    Robby White ““He says that because maybe he wants to play here, Everybody wants to play for the Falcons, If I wasn’t playing for the Falcons I would call it that, too, because I want to play for them.”

  16. crabboil says: Jan 3, 2012 8:25 AM

    cruells-

    No one, and I mean no one, will EVER cry about Matty Spice throwing the ball too fast and too hard.

  17. skippynj says: Jan 3, 2012 8:26 AM

    falcons are a true representation of the town from which they come. Dirty players playing for a dirty owner in a dirty town full of dirty crackers.

  18. realdeal12 says: Jan 3, 2012 8:28 AM

    Man these She-men just keep justifying their nickname. These guys don’t shut up. Whats next is Jacobs gonna start talkin about how much he hates the Falcons fans. One win against a lousy D and they think they are champs, more like chumps.

  19. kevinfromphilly says: Jan 3, 2012 8:30 AM

    NY=whine.

  20. jc1958cool says: Jan 3, 2012 8:33 AM

    that’s why they’re the dirty birds! DUH

  21. grogansheroes says: Jan 3, 2012 8:47 AM

    Now that the fatsos are out of the playoffs, someone has to take over as the loudmouth. Figures it’s someone from New Jers, I mean New York.

  22. rmc1995 says: Jan 3, 2012 8:50 AM

    Every offensive linemen from pop Warner to the nfl plays dirty. They are coached to play dirty and rules are interpreted and reffed loosely to let them get away with it. Players have found that if you put the accusation out that another team is dirty it will get news time and may influence the way the league refs the game. Tuck heard the rumblings of the falcons being dirty so he throws it back out there to get that conversation going in the media. Only a fool would think it has merit simply because it gets said again by an upcoming opponant. The Giants haven’t played the falcons since mid 2009.

  23. jerseyshoregiant says: Jan 3, 2012 8:50 AM

    A lot of bitter Dallas, Eagles and Jets fans on here today!!!! Have fun watching.

  24. beckzhere says: Jan 3, 2012 8:54 AM

    He’s laying the foundation for excuses after the Falcons torch their weak secondary. Take away Cruz and a couple good pass rushers, and the Giants are basement dwellers.
    And as to Boley containing Gonzalez, that’s hilarious. He may be able to chase down his wife and beat her, but not Tony. Matt and Tony both get their first playoff victory this weekend.

  25. gcsuk says: Jan 3, 2012 8:57 AM

    cruells says: Jan 3, 2012 8:14 AM

    Bu-Freaking-Hu..

    What is he a seven year old girl?

    He will have more to cry about after the Falcons beat the Giants..

    After the game he will properly be crying about how Matt Ryan just threw the ball to damn fast and hard for the cry baby to make a play..
    ——————————————————————–
    Ahem… it’s “boo-freakin-hoo”. And “he will PROBABLY be crying…”.
    Glad to be of assistance.

  26. 6ball says: Jan 3, 2012 9:00 AM

    .

    Paradoxical : calling your upcoming playoff opponent “dirt bags ” and quoting poker face personified, Bill Belichick (“it is what it is”) as justification.

    .

  27. andyreidcarboload says: Jan 3, 2012 9:03 AM

    kevinfromphilly says: Jan 3, 2012 8:30 AM

    NY=whine.
    —————————————————————–
    Philly=golfing.

  28. grbigblue says: Jan 3, 2012 9:04 AM

    Gmen shut down the run and make Ryan beat them. JPP and co. tee off on “Matty Ice”. Giants move on.

  29. zaggs says: Jan 3, 2012 9:05 AM

    Easy way to end it. If they take a d-lineman out at the knees, take Ryan out at the knees. If they continue go after White, Turner and Jones.

  30. miamidolphins1 says: Jan 3, 2012 9:07 AM

    geez, the giants shouldnt be complaining about anything.

    this is a team that got swept to the redskins, lost to the vickless and macliness eagles at home, since the pats game when they won, they lost to every team on their sched not named the jets or cowboys, yet this team was able to play so poor and control their own destiny, and gets in at 9-7 for a division winner.

    atlanta will roll over these fools, i dont see who the gmen will stop white and jones.

  31. darthhitman77 says: Jan 3, 2012 9:15 AM

    Everyone talking smack about him, might I remind you they beat an undefeated Pats team for a ring while Mylanta just traded away their future for a WR that got them into a wildcard slot and humiliated by their division rival in primetime? Of course they’re dirty…”Dirty Birds”??? But telling Tuck to shut up? REALLY? He has an endorsement contract with Subway fools…YOU, just eat there

  32. norseyapper says: Jan 3, 2012 9:16 AM

    There seems to be some confusion about “playing dirty.” The rules right now are what they are. They allow teams to cut block, etc. Atlanta may violate some standard of “gentleman’s agreement” (if there ever could be such a thing in the NFL) not to cut block and not to give blind side hits when the play is going well away, but they aren’t violating the rules of the game as they are now written.
    When you see players stomp on players who are down, kick the other guy in the nuts, twist the ankle of a guy trying to play through a sprain, THAT is dirty play. Playing within the rules….NOT dirty, just annoying as h3ll.

  33. swarlesbarrkley says: Jan 3, 2012 9:16 AM

    This doesn’t register… I’ve been trained to believe the Lions are the only dirty team

  34. 700levelvet says: Jan 3, 2012 9:34 AM

    And Yet……The best player on the Giants goes about his business as a professional, rarely fueling the NY media’s appetite for headlines, simply going about his business in a professional manner, never seeking out sound bites, or a reason to call attention to himself…..Then you have Rolle, Jacobs, Tuck, Usi etc…..Who simply act l

  35. gcsuk says: Jan 3, 2012 9:36 AM

    miamidolphins1 says: Jan 3, 2012 9:07 AM

    geez, the giants shouldnt be complaining about anything.

    this is a team that got swept to the redskins, lost to the vickless and macliness eagles at home, since the pats game when they won, they lost to every team on their sched not named the jets or cowboys, yet this team was able to play so poor and control their own destiny, and gets in at 9-7 for a division winner.

    atlanta will roll over these fools, i dont see who the gmen will stop white and jones.
    ——————————————————————
    May I remind you “miamidolphins1″ that the Giants also beat the Dolphins? So the Giants won the division at 9-7, and the Falcons go in at 10-6. Is that that big of a difference? May I also remind you that the Falcons played the Colts, Jags, Carolina twice and Tampa Bay twice? Oh wait… they lost one of those games to the 4-12 Bucs. My bad.

  36. tuckernyg says: Jan 3, 2012 9:39 AM

    To those of you who take issue with Tuck: What exactly have you done to put you in a position to evaluate his comments? How many of you have actually played a down in the NFL?

  37. ceschatz says: Jan 3, 2012 9:39 AM

    God forbid you actually make contact in a contact sport. Goodell has made this guys soft.

  38. 700levelvet says: Jan 3, 2012 9:41 AM

    Like a Kardashian when they see a camera or microphone…..No wonder Eli is the highest paid player

  39. samoanjungle says: Jan 3, 2012 9:43 AM

    This is old news. The Falcons have been known for that for at least 8-9 years.

  40. n0hopeleft says: Jan 3, 2012 10:03 AM

    realdeal12 says:
    Jan 3, 2012 8:28 AM
    Man these She-men just keep justifying their nickname. These guys don’t shut up. Whats next is Jacobs gonna start talkin about how much he hates the Falcons fans. One win against a lousy D and they think they are champs, more like chumps.

    ___________________________________

    Actually, they’ve won a lot more playoff games than your team. And we aren’t afraid of the cold.

  41. n0hopeleft says: Jan 3, 2012 10:07 AM

    gcsuk says:
    Jan 3, 2012 9:36 AM
    miamidolphins1 says: Jan 3, 2012 9:07 AM

    geez, the giants shouldnt be complaining about anything.

    this is a team that got swept to the redskins, lost to the vickless and macliness eagles at home, since the pats game when they won, they lost to every team on their sched not named the jets or cowboys, yet this team was able to play so poor and control their own destiny, and gets in at 9-7 for a division winner.

    atlanta will roll over these fools, i dont see who the gmen will stop white and jones.
    ——————————————————————
    May I remind you “miamidolphins1″ that the Giants also beat the Dolphins? So the Giants won the division at 9-7, and the Falcons go in at 10-6. Is that that big of a difference? May I also remind you that the Falcons played the Colts, Jags, Carolina twice and Tampa Bay twice? Oh wait… they lost one of those games to the 4-12 Bucs. My bad.

    ___________________________________

    What happened when you played the Saints and Packers? I’d love to see the Falcons line up against the Cowboys and Eagles twice every year.

    Come talk to me Sunday night, when Matty Ice is frostbitten from being a good QB in a dome, but a bitch in the East Rutherford elements. ‘

  42. noaxetogrind says: Jan 3, 2012 10:11 AM

    As has already been correctly noted on here, cut blocking is legal and well within the rules. Also as already noted on here, Mike Mularkey is noted for his offenses playing a physical brand of football, especially up front. Interestingly enough, when he was the OC for the Steelers they were doing the exact same kind of things and nobody said a word becuase it was the Steelers. Cut Blocking is legal Tuck, don’t like it, find another line of work. You are well compensated for what you do and the associated risks. Don’t like it, change the rules. They do have this thing called the CBA and I am sure they could make it happen if it really was such a big issue. Lastly, there are 64 OC’s and DC’s collectively in the NFL. Last year the other 63 coordinators in the NFL named Mularkey as the best coordinator in the league on either side of the ball. Just saying, seems like the folks who are best situated to be in the know think highly of this guy. For what it is worth, I personally think he is a miracle worker. If you looked at the personnel the Falcons have on their OL it is amazing he gets the production he does.

  43. warwicklionsfan says: Jan 3, 2012 10:49 AM

    Wow, all of this talk of a team being dirty and not 1 of you mention the Lions?!?!? Am I on the right site? This term “dirty play” in football is starting to make me lose my passion for football….

  44. Dirty D Fo says: Jan 3, 2012 10:58 AM

    Everything in New York or Jersey or whatever sucks. Eli is the best thing/only decent thing of the Giants… Too bad that such a good guy plays for such a POS team.

  45. roddytorock84 says: Jan 3, 2012 11:08 AM

    @rmc1995 perfect comment aside from spelling opponent wrong. Couldn’t agree more. He is just trying to get the refs to have “20-20 vision” meaning please call some penalties on them. That was from a different article about tuck saying I hope they have their 20-20 vison. that to me is a “dirtbag” move.

  46. pnut87 says: Jan 3, 2012 11:12 AM

    realdeal12 says: Jan 3, 2012 8:28 AM

    One win against a lousy D and they think they are champs, more like chumps.

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    Really? You’re really making that comment? Hey, my grandmother could have put up 42 points on the Buc’s defense. And you had them twice. Wasn’t one of those a loss as well?

    Giants BEAT the Patriots and went toe to toe with the Packers. They have the raw talent to be a seriously dangerous team in the playoffs, and they seem to be peaking at the right time. If Tuck running his mouth will get them to show up, I’m all for it.

  47. b1unt3d says: Jan 3, 2012 11:15 AM

    “What happened when you played the Saints and Packers? I’d love to see the Falcons line up against the Cowboys and Eagles twice every year.”

    As a Falcons fan.. so would I.

  48. bobbylaynesreplacement says: Jan 3, 2012 11:18 AM

    Wait Wait Wait! … Justin Tuck HAS to be wrong because I thought the Lions were the only “dirty” team in football

  49. cometkazie says: Jan 3, 2012 11:19 AM

    During one of the interminal delays that have become a part of NFL games, the camera showed Tuck and Aaron Rogers having, given their facial expressions, a very pleasant conversation.

    I wonder why they weren’t fined?

  50. thehouseofho says: Jan 3, 2012 11:21 AM

    Did any of you complainers even read what Tuck said? He never whined about the Falcons play. All he said was that the Falcons have a reputation for being dirt bags, which they do. Then he went on to say as long as they do their job well, they’ll be fine.

    This is another example of people twisting words around so that they can get page views and clicks and have a story.

  51. binarybulge says: Jan 3, 2012 11:22 AM

    Oh, the irony. This kind of statement coming from the team faking injuries for a free time-out. If you’re not fully innocent, keep your mouths shut.

  52. yevrag3535 says: Jan 3, 2012 11:23 AM

    Tuck is a bust this year, he is old and now he is just talking. Time to retire, mr suck, or tuck.

  53. wicky888 says: Jan 3, 2012 11:34 AM

    Blah Blah, who cares what he says (although as a Falcon fan, it is true, and it has been true since at least the Alex Gibbs days)

    Cant we just focus on what should be a great game? In Atlanta i think this game would be much closer. However, i dont have much faith in my team on the road out in the cold. Hope they prove me wrong.

    @andyreidcarboload: LOL best post of the day thus far, I hate the Eagles

  54. miamidolphins1 says: Jan 3, 2012 11:40 AM

    gcsuk says:
    Jan 3, 2012 9:36 AM
    miamidolphins1 says: Jan 3, 2012 9:07 AM

    geez, the giants shouldnt be complaining about anything.

    this is a team that got swept to the redskins, lost to the vickless and macliness eagles at home, since the pats game when they won, they lost to every team on their sched not named the jets or cowboys, yet this team was able to play so poor and control their own destiny, and gets in at 9-7 for a division winner.

    atlanta will roll over these fools, i dont see who the gmen will stop white and jones.
    ——————————————————————
    May I remind you “miamidolphins1″ that the Giants also beat the Dolphins? So the Giants won the division at 9-7, and the Falcons go in at 10-6. Is that that big of a difference? May I also remind you that the Falcons played the Colts, Jags, Carolina twice and Tampa Bay twice? Oh wait… they lost one of those games to the 4-12 Bucs. My bad.

    yes u did beat the fins, luckily u guys got a phantom pass interference call on marshall in the 4th on a 40 yd pass which would have continued our drive and prob sealed the game. nothing new giants get breaks all the time.

    u guys have looked like garbage the entire year. u guys lost to charlie whitehurst at qb, to the deadkins and rex grossman twice, vince young led eagles at home, demolished by the saints, got very fortunate vs the cardinals when cruz put the ball on the ground which would have ended the game, but the refs bailed u out again.

    the giants dont scare anybody, they are a 9-7 mediocre team that will get it handed to them vs atlanta on sunday. u guys have no answer for michael turner, roddy white, julio jones, harry douglas, tony gonzalez, and co.

    eli has not won a playoff game aside from that fluke 2007 run. every other year, hes been one and done or missed the playoffs. i dont expect it to change this weekend.

  55. pkswally024 says: Jan 3, 2012 11:51 AM

    When doesn’t this guy complain about Someone playing dirty. Change trot name to the new jersey ginas

  56. bigbluefan1 says: Jan 3, 2012 1:07 PM

    For the atl fans matty will be ice all day in the cold

    For all you haters
    Guess what the G-Men are in and your sorry teams are not Egirl Deadskins jets and cowpucks all home while the good teams play on

    As I have said over and over the regular season is the door to the playoffs and we are in the playoffs have a home game Sunday
    The Giants may win or may lose but at least we have a chance

  57. starderup says: Jan 3, 2012 1:40 PM

    Falcons cut Boley for a good reason. He’s lousy. Tony will make mincemeat of him. BTW, did Tuck just get finished griping about someone on the Cowgirls team? What a bunch of wussies.
    Keep whining, Giants. The Falcons play very well in the cold. As a matter of fact, it was under 20 degrees today and will be about the same tomorrow because God wanted to give them some cold weather game simulations.

  58. blu4l1fe says: Jan 3, 2012 1:52 PM

    Interesting how a some have already picked a winner in Sunday’s game. Come on people, haven’t we learned anything from prognosticating like we did the season. Like the last post stated, at least the Giants gave themselves a chance. And maybe Tuck has a point, but maybe again, he’s just stating his opinion. Regardless though, we, ALL of us posting here, have not played and have not been in his shoe, and most of all, are not football players in the NFL. So I think, I he’s more believable than most fans here of “non-playoff bound” teams who love to hate. P.S. Get back to some real good postings when your respective teams actually make a good playoff bid, other than that, enjoy watching as the Giants play on.

  59. blu4l1fe says: Jan 3, 2012 1:58 PM

    beckzhere says:
    Jan 3, 2012 8:54 AM

    He’s laying the foundation for excuses after the Falcons torch their weak secondary. Take away Cruz and a couple good pass rushers, and the Giants are basement dwellers.
    And as to Boley containing Gonzalez, that’s hilarious. He may be able to chase down his wife and beat her, but not Tony. Matt and Tony both get their first playoff victory this weekend.

    ————————-

    That may just be his intentions. But seriously though, “take away Cruz and a couple good pass rushers, and the Giants are basement dwellers.” You’re seriously going with that? Take away one good receiver and a couple of good pass rushers from any team would make that team a basement dweller!… Are you serious with this? That is a real good assumption. WOW!!!! Let’s watch the game Sunday and we’ll get back to this conversation.

  60. dmp5687 says: Jan 3, 2012 7:58 PM

    I think Green Bay better hope Atlanta beats the Giants….the Giants would have a much better chance to beat Green Bay the following week. They are a cold weather team, they have a QB who can have a great game if the time is right, and most of all a great defensive front. The only thing that can stop Rogers is pressure, and the Giants can bring it.

  61. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 3, 2012 10:05 PM

    Falcons just better hope those dump offs and quick drops by Matty Melt work out, because if they get into 3rd and long, we will be seeing Chris Redman by the 2nd half.

  62. kappy32 says: Jan 4, 2012 2:30 AM

    Everyone is 0-0 right now. Regular season records go out the window. The Giants have a QB who can carry their team & a dominant pass rush. Those are the keys for playoff football. Matt Ryan hasn’t shown he can carry his team & their best pass rusher, John Abraham, takes weeks, not plays, off. I give a slight edge to the Giants, but the key will be what Michael Turner does. If he picks up big yardage, keeps Eli & Cruz off the field, the Falcons win. If the Giants can finally stop the run for the first time this year, setting up a lot of 3rd & longs for the Falcons where the Giants front 4 can pin their ears back & attack, the Giants win. Either way, it should be a great game & reminiscent of old school NFL playoff games.

  63. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 4, 2012 8:05 AM

    The Giants have stopped the run several times this year, including the past two games — what have you been watching?

  64. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 4, 2012 8:05 AM

    As well as the SF game, despite the late run by the ROOKIE, of all people — that sealed that game.

  65. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 4, 2012 8:06 AM

    Turner is nothing special, and their line can’t create holes for him against this front. He’ll be lucky to get 65 yards.

  66. MichaelEdits says: Jan 4, 2012 9:36 PM

    Time to bring back The Dirty Bird.

    (Oh, and I think that every day Turner wakes up and looks at his Atlanta jersey, he says “Thank God I’m not in San Diego any more.”)

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