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Giants’ DL Tuck begins pre-game trash talk by calling Falcons’ offensive line dirty

Justin Tuck says the Giants hope the Falcons don't try any dirty play with them in their wild card matchup Saturday in New York.

Justin Tuck says the Giants hope the Falcons don't try any dirty play with them in their wild card matchup Saturday in New York.

NEW YORK — The word “dirtbags” is how New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck described members of the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive line Tuesday, just days before the two teams meet in the NFC wild card Sunday in the Big Apple, according to a report by ESPNNewYork.com.

“We know they have that quote unquote reputation,” Tuck told the website when asked about the reputation of Atlanta’s offensive line. The Falcons have come under fire from opposing teams this season for supposedly playing outside the lines of the rulebook. “But in a way it kind of is exciting. Most people, you would call them dirtbags. 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 got to take that as a compliment. But in the same sense you got to protect yourself and hopefully the referees have 20/20 vision this week.”

Two teams — the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions — went public with complaints against Atlanta’s line after their games against the Falcons earlier this year.

“Great teams don’t indulge in the kind of cheap stuff the Falcons do,” Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “We walk away from the stuff they pull. These guys are coached to play after the whistle. I don’t know what the deal is. I think it’s a lack of talent on their part.”

Suh added after their game vs. Atlanta: “There are many, many plays that I could go back to that I watch on film all week that their offensive line has done. And that they’ve been coached to do, as far as I know. It’s not anything that’s been said, it’s not anything that’s new.”