Justin Tuck calls Atlanta's offensive linemen 'dirtbags'

This was a pretty seamless transition.

The New York Giants have gone from talking about how much they dislike their NFC East rival, the Dallas Cowboys, to talking about how much they don’t care for their wild-card round opponent, the Atlanta Falcons.

Sure, there isn’t the history of bad feelings that goes with this meeting, but the Giants got it going on Monday as defensive end Justin Tuck called the Falcons’ offensive linemen “dirtbags.” Maybe it’s a new term for the Falcons, but some have questioned the tactics of their linemen this season.

Yeah we’ve seen it. We know they have that quote-unquote ‘reputation,’" Tuck said, according to the New York Daily News. “Most people, you would call them dirtbags.

“But it is what it is. We’ve 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.”

The issue, in large part, is cut-blocking tactics used by the Falcons, sometimes away from the play. It’s something that scares defensive linemen everywhere. If the Falcons do it, in part, to intimidate, the Giants have taken notice.

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