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Playoff Football: 'One False Move Can Cost You'

Posted Jan 18, 2018

We know playoff football as a can’t-miss event, something as Eagles fans we live to experience and cherish. Playoff football is unlike the regular season, but how, exactly would you describe the experience? It’s the question I’ve asked players the last two days: How would you describe playoff football? Here are some responses …

We know playoff football as a can’t-miss event, something as Eagles fans we live to experience and cherish. Playoff football is unlike the regular season, but how, exactly would you describe the experience? It’s the question I’ve asked players the last two days: How would you describe playoff football? Here are some responses …

Zach Ertz, tight end: "It's crazy especially when you're home. Last week, that environment was the best environment I've ever been in. It was the most fun. That second half, when we were kind of inching and inching closer to winning, the stadium just kept getting louder and louder. When they (Falcons) had the ball, first-and-goal from the 9 (-yard line), I've never heard the stadium louder. It was a blast to be a part of. That's why I think everyone in this building is honored to play football in this city. It's a lot of fun and something that we never take for granted.”

Jay Ajayi, running back: “Extreme intensity. The little things build up in the game, it seems, a lot more than in the regular season. Those little details, maybe in the first quarter, can come back in that fourth quarter, so you just want to make sure that you execute. With situational football as well, it becomes even bigger – the third downs, red zones – all those little situational mini-games that happen in a game, they become heightened. We have to make sure that we’re on top of our game. It’s going to be a physical one this weekend, it’s exciting and it’s win or go home. That’s really the end of it. It’s win or go home.”

Nigel Bradham, linebacker: “It’s something of everything. What is (long pause) … it was crazy on Saturday. It was intense. You see the passion, you see the energy, it’s everything. Everything is on the line and you feel that out there. You feel that everything is on the line and you have to be prepared on every play. I feel like it brought out the best in me. I made sure my keys were on point on every play and that I’m doing what I’m supposed to do.”

Corey Clement, running back: “I think it’s a very exciting time to be a part of. Trying to catch the excitement and not too much of it at the same time, if you know what I mean. It’s a special moment to be a part of. You can’t take it for granted. We’re utilizing our practice days and just making sure that we treat this as if it is any other week. We’ve got to go out there, foot to the pedal, and keep rolling.”

Corey Graham, safety: “It’s an amazing experience. The intensity is amazing, it steps up a notch compared to the regular season. You expect that, obviously, because more is at stake. Everybody is playing as fast as possible. The crowd is amazing. And the farther you go on, it just gets better and better.”

Tim Jernigan, defensive tackle: “It’s fast and physical. It’s just different. It’s fast. It’s loud. It feels like college almost. It’s just not the typical NFL gameday. Guys are a lot more enthused. Everybody is a step closer to reaching his dream, so you can imagine how much faster the game is played.”

Vinny Curry, defensive end: “Wrestlemania. No, not Wrestlemania. The Super Bowl is Wrestlemania. But this is close to it. It’s intense. The whole world is watching. As a team, we have to shine. The fans are rocking. You can barely hear somebody talking right next to you.”

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Alshon Jeffery, wide receiver: “It’s exciting, an exciting time. This is what you live for. This is a dream for every kid. I don’t think about how the game changes. I just play the game within the game and stay within the moment. Pay attention to details and what got me here.”

Jaylen Watkins, defensive back: “I’m still trying to figure it out. I keep hearing dudes say, even with the win last week, that you’re still looking for that feeling of satisfaction. You don’t have it yet, because you know that the end goal is bigger than you can imagine. I don’t think I’m feeling anything right now because I’m expecting so much from the Big Game. In the game, the crowd on Saturday was louder than I’ve ever heard it. Where I live, in my building, you can feel it from the fans and the intensity they have. They want it just as much as we do. The tempo of the game is not necessarily faster, but it’s more precise. Everybody is ready to play his best. One false move can cost you the game.”

Trey Burton, tight end: “It’s definitely a thrill that’s not like the regular season. There are only 12 teams that make the playoffs, so it’s a lot of fun, and it’s very intense. It’s what you’ve been working for all season. At the end of the day, it’s still football with everything as far as how you prepare. I prepare at a really high level so that I’m not surprised. From the exterior part of it, there is a lot more noise than there is for a regular-season game.”

Torrey Smith, wide receiver: “Everything is more intense because you know that if you don’t win, you’re done. You work all year to be in that position. It’s a do-or-die mentality, and if you don’t handle your business, your season is going to end. The fans are fired up, everybody is focused in on one winner. There aren’t any bowl games. There is no second place. There’s a Super Bowl winner and 31 losers. Everyone understands that in this league. It’s ramped up in the playoffs. Everything matters. The little things become exaggerated and you pull out all the stops to win one game.”

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