Justin Tuck: Falcons are 'dirt bags'

The Atlanta Falcons have long been nicknamed “The Dirty Birds’’ and their offensive line occasionally has been accused of playing dirty.

But New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck has a new nickname for Atlanta’s offensive linemen and it’s not pretty.

“Most people would call them dirt bags,” Tuck said Monday. “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. We’ve got to take that as a compliment.”

Some opponents also have claimed the Falcons intentionally flop when there’s an extra shove after the whistle to try to draw penalties. Tuck doesn’t disagree with that accusation.

“Yeah, we have seen it,” Tuck said. “We know that they have that quote-unquote reputation. But in a way it is kind of exciting. ... In the same sense you got to protect yourself, and hopefully the referees have 20-20 vision this week.”