A few Packers players were unhappy with the conduct shown by the Falcons Sunday after the whistle according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
The players were upset with the hits after the whistle and low blocks late.
“It’s unnecessary,” defensive end Ryan Pickett said. “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 inbetween that stuff.”
LB A.J. Hawk said that his reaction that led to an unnecessary roughness penalty came when he got pushed in the back after the whistle. He said he turned around to address the culprit and “the guy went to the ground.”
“I’m not that strong,” Hawk said. “I wish I was strong enough to do that.”
Raji was the harshest critic.
“Great teams don’t indulge in the kind of cheap stuff the Falcons do,” 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.”