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Packers unimpressed with Falcons' tactics

Posted on: October 10, 2011 7:27 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2011 7:29 pm
Packers DT BJ Raji on Falcons' after-the-whistle chippiness: 'I think it's a lack of talent on their part.' (AP)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Given how things turned out, with the Packers overcoming a 14-6 halftime deficit in Atlanta to outscore the Falcons 19-0 in the second half and run their record to 5-0, you'd think there wouldn't be much to complain about. And perhaps other than Green Bay's offensive line, which suffered a key injury and struggled at times to protect quarterback Aaron Rodgers, coach Mike McCarthy was pretty happy with his team's effort.

But it wasn't all smiles in the locker room after the game. Some Packers' players took exception to the way the Falcons played, citing late hits and low blocks, among other things.

"It’s unnecessary,” defensive end Ryan Pickett said, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “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.”

Then there was Packers linebacker AJ Hawk who, after one play, was pushed in the back by Falcons' offensive lineman Joe Hawley. Hawk retaliated, Hawley took a dive, and Hawk was promptly flagged for unnecessary roughness.

“I’m not that strong,” Hawk said. “I wish I was strong enough to do that.”

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 09: Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Atlanta Falcons is tackled by A.J. Hawk #50 of the Green Bay Packers at Georgia Dome on October 9, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Even Cristiano Ronaldo encourages Hawley to tone it down a tad.

Packers nose tackle BJ Raji was wholly unimpressed with the Falcons' tactics.

"Great teams don't indulge in the kind of cheap stuff the Falcons do," he 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."

Lack of football talent? Maybe. Lack of acting talent? Most certainly not. (Maybe the Falcons should act like a winning football team. Problem solved.)

Aaron Rodgers threw for 396 yards and a pair of touchdowns to rally the Packers from an early 14-point hole, keeping Green Bay unbeaten with a 25-14 victory Sunday night over the Falcons.

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Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: October 10, 2011 10:43 pm

Packers unimpressed with Falcons' tactics

This was a great football game and the result is due to maturity of the Packers.  The Falcons are desperate because of their awful 2-3 start preceded by their embarrassing 35-0 run they gave up to the Packers in last year's NFC Divisional Playoff round.  The dirty birds had home court advantage with a 13-3 regular season and they finish with a resounding 48-21 thud.  Now, they have a good look at another blowout loss with a game against the Carolina Panthers next week.    With the Falc's unimpressive perfromances this season, we see that the 13-3 season was a fluke against a very weak schedule.  Face it, these guys stink, they are cowards and they will be lucky if they can win another game this season.  Because the Colts are on their schedule, the Falcon may finish 3-13.  They are a horrible team and a weak franchise.  If Sydney Rice doesn't get whistled for a false start and Michael Vick wasn't knock out of the game with a bad hit, the dirty birds would be 0-5.  

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: October 10, 2011 7:39 pm

Packers unimpressed with Falcons' tactics

The coach of the Falcons is a disgrace because he's the one guiding them.  There is no difference between him instructing the players to do this, or allowing the players to do it.  He should immediately bench anybody who tries that garbage. but he allows it to continue.  Also, a heads up to their coaching staff:  If you have a mentallity of "If you can't beat em, just cheat em", you have trained your team to realize they can't win straight up.  You've already lost the mental game right out of the gate.   Trying to hurt people after the play is dead is beyond bush league.  

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