Packers topple Falcons, then accuse them of cheap play
The Green Bay Packers have defeated the Atlanta Falcons twice in the Georgia Dome this year, getting the best of them back in January in a divisional round playoff game.
The Packers rallied to win there again Sunday night, and after the fact they expressed some frustration at the way the Falcons played, calling them out for cheap hits basically, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
“Great teams don't indulge in the kind of cheap stuff the Falcons do," nose tackle B.J. Raji said. "We're the champions and we play that way. 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. We didn't worry about any of that. We came out and played our game."
Fellow defensive lineman Ryan Pickett was in agreement.
“It’s unnecessary,” he said. “They call it playing physical. But it’s after the whistle. It’s not physical. We know it watching tape that you they like to hit after the whistle. You have to watching yourself around the piles.
"They point at you if you react. We just felt like if we just punch them upfront at the start it would end that. It’s frustrating to a point, but we know we have to dominate them upfront in between that stuff.”
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