When one player calls an opponent's players dirty, it's generally not taken very well. Ahead of the NFC Wild Card game between the New York Giants and the Atlanta Falcons, Giants' defensive lineman Justin Tuck claimed that the Falcons' offensive line is dirty. The standard-issue response to this kind of accusation is usually something along the lines of 'they can think whatever they want'. The Falcons' offensive line feels differently.
Left tackle Will Svitek seems to be proud of the reputation that him and his linemates have.
"If (Tuck) views us as cheap, so be it. [We are] going to do what we do. You don't want to be viewed as soft. We want them to know we're there, we're going to be pests. We're going to be physical."
Playoff games are often won and lost in the trenches, but the battle between the d-line of the Giants and the o-line of the Falcons might be even more important than the battle between the lines in the average game.
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