There appears to be more bad blood between the Packers and Falcons, even after Green Bay was able to rally from a big deficit to beat the Falcons 25-14 Sunday night.
The Miwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that several Packers players complained after the game about the Falcons hitting them after the whistle.
“Great teams don’t indulge in the kind of cheap stuff the Falcons do,” Packers 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.”
“It’s unnecessary,” said defensive end Ryan Pickett. “They call it playing physical. But it’s after the whistle. It’s not physical. We know it watching tape that they like to hit after the whistle. You have to watch yourself around the piles. They point at you if you react. We just felt like if we just punch them up front at the start it would end that.”
The bad blood goes back to the Packers’ 48-21 victory in last season’s playoffs, after which Atlanta receiver Roddy White said he thought the Falcons were still the better team. The Packers didn’t appreciate that comment, and used it as motivation this week.