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.