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NFL Playoffs, Falcons Vs. Giants: Criticism Of Offensive Line Doesn't Phase Falcons

The New York Giants have one of the most aggressive defensive lines in football and the Atlanta Falcons have been known to have one of the more precarious offensive lines in football. On Sunday, they'll square off in the divisional playoffs and the Giants have noted their "style" of play. Justin Tuck called the offensive line "dirtbags."

The Falcons response? They're not too worried about it.

"I don’t pay attention to it too much," left tackle Will Svitek said. "It is what it is. We have a style we play here and we’re always going to play to the whistle. We pride ourselves on being physical. If he views playing to the whistle as dirty or cheap or whatever, so be it."

"We basically play to the whistle. We don’t play beyond the whistle because, obviously, if you play after the whistle, it’s going to be a 15-yard penalty and it’s going to be a fine. But we take pride in playing to the whistle. We want them to know we’re there. We’re going to be pests. We’re going to be physical. We’re going to play fair, but we’re going to play hard. We’re going to be there. We want them to know that we’re there, and that’s kind of our style. It’s our M.O., so we take a lot of pride in the way we play here."

The Giants will host the Falcons this Sunday at 1pm at New Meadowlands Stadium.

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