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On his last three passes of the game and whether he saw any opportunities to throw a touchdown: "I was just trying to find a one-on-one matchup, which there were a lot of. I was just trying to give guys an opportunity to make a play in that situation. The last throw, I've got to make sure it was inbounds. Jordan (Matthews) came down with a great catch, but I've got to make sure I keep him inbounds to give us a chance to win."

On the number of pass attempts he threw in the game: "It's just how the game played out. We felt confident in the passing game. We were running the ball well, too. That's just what happened. That's a lot of passes."

On whether he thought that he could exploit the Cardinals' pass defense: "No, that's just the way the game went. It went one thing or another. We were running the ball well and we were throwing the ball well. A few mistakes there that we need to clean up. Hat's off to Arizona. They're a really good football team and they deserved to win that game, but we fought. I'm proud of those guys in the locker room. We'll clean up our mistakes and move forward."

On trying to convince Chip Kelly to go for the 4th and 1 instead of kicking the field goal: "That's just one of those things where we had a talk and that conversation stays in between the huddle. I trust Chip, no matter what, whenever he calls a play. It was his decision. I back him for it."

On whether the team's turnovers are the same mistakes every week: "We just have to keep working toward it. You can't just say, 'That's the way it is and that's the way it's going to be.' If anyone has ever played a sport, you're going to go through adversity. Things are going to happen but you have to keep pushing forward. Just because a turnover happened, the world doesn't end. You keep fighting. You keep moving. You keep learning. You learn from each turnover. You learn from each touchdown. You learn from each thing. You build that database. I'm building a database. We are, as a team, growing through each situation where when we see those situations again, we can do the right thing. I know the turnover is the stat, but we can fix that. We will continue to work towards it."

On the interceptions he threw: "On the first one, (Antonio) Cromartie just fell off, and I was a split-second late. He made a good play. Then the last one, I missed him. I missed Riley (Cooper). Riley ran a great route and it was a little bit behind him."

On whether he hitched before he threw the first interception: "I just saw something. I was trying to slide to get the throw off and then (Antonio) Cromartie came off the outside guy and he made a good play. With that situation, it goes in the database. If he's going to do that, then I can exploit a guy out there. Worst comes to worst, just kill it and then just move on to the next play."

On whether he threw his first interception off of his back foot: "No, I think our line did a great job on that. I was just sliding to the left and then my back foot hit and I was just trying to throw it out there as quick as I could. Just a bad play by me and I just have to move forward and learn from that situation."

On whether the team has to work on not throwing interceptions deep in an opponent's territory: "Absolutely. You never want to turn it over in the red zone. You want to get points in the red zone, especially with such a great kicker. We have a great kicker who can really kick it through the uprights. Yes, we need to correct the turnover situation but that comes through working through the week and getting to the game and playing smart; just ball security. Like I said before, I'm not going to let this defeat me. I'm going to learn from it and move forward. I know that each and every one of us are because that's the kind of people we are. We move forward through adversity."

On his 54-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin: "We were trying to exploit the front side of their defense. I had a little pump fake out there and they didn't really bite. Then just going through the reads, Mac did a great job of keeping his route on and really just beating them with speed. I just wanted to get the ball out there and let him come down with it. He had a great game."

On why the Eagles have more turnovers this season as compared to last season:"I don't know. I told you all at the beginning of the season that those games last year don't really help me this year. I have to keep playing. I'm going to give it everything I have for my teammates. Yes, I made mistakes but I will continue to work to correct them. We can't have turnovers. It's really tough to overcome turnovers. We have a great defense that does a great job of helping me out. Yeah, that's something that I need to work on to help our team out, to help us be successful."

On how this loss affects him knowing that playoff spots are tough to come by: "I'll deal with these emotions for the next 24 hours. It's definitely tough because we fought as hard as we could. When it comes to the playoff picture, we're focused one week at a time. I've always been the kind of person that I'm going to focus on this game and now I'm going to correct it and now I'm moving on to the next game and then we'll see where we are at the end of the season."

On what it means to see University of Arizona fans at the game: "It means the world. U of A is obviously really close to my heart. I've been watching them as much as I can this season. They're having a tremendous season. It was really exciting to be back in Arizona and see the University of Arizona fans, people and alumni. Bear down."


On if he was close enough to get his feet in on the last play: "Yeah. You have to try and make the play. Nick (Foles) trusted me. He gave me a chance to go get the ball. I have to find a way to get my feet down. That's the bottom line. That's on me. I have to make a play for my team and my quarterback. That's how it is."

On how much turnovers are hurting this team: "Turnovers are always bad, no matter how it happens. If you lose the turnover battle, sometimes that puts you in a bad position to win a game. It is one of the things we need to clean up, but I know this team is resilient, so we're going to find a way to clean up all of the miscues and we're going to get back on track."

On if the 21 combined penalties killed the flow of the game: "Yeah of course. You never want penalties and I think that's definitely a lot when you think about combined. At the end of the day, we just want to cut down on ours. I can't be worried about what the other team is doing. We'll go back as a team and look at it, try to correct the mistakes and then get going."

On what to take away from a game like this: "You just have to go back and watch the film. Everybody has to have an open mind to it. People have to have thick skin too. You have to be able to take criticism and learn from it. Then just move on once we get to practice and start worrying about the Houston Texans."


On how he is feeling: "I'm alright, man. It was a hard fought game. I'm a little tired, a little sore. I'm alright though."

On how tough a game like this is: "Extremely tough. Normally this year, we've been on the other side of this. Today we came up short. I think guys fought, but on the road you can't turn the ball over like we did and we can't commit as many penalties as we did, especially against a good football team."

On how much the personal stats mean to him after having a big game today: "The win is so much more important. This was a big one. It's not enjoyable if you don't win the game. I've never been a stat guy, like I said. Today was just one of those days where my number was called. The win would be so much sweeter."

On the play where he and Patrick Peterson were shaken up: "It was a little in-cutting route. I caught the ball. I don't who exactly hit me; I know Peterson was on me. The dude was on a beeline. I'm alright though."

On the bleeding in his ear: "I probably just got scraped in my helmet. Not a big deal."

On how he felt after the big hit and if he was out of it: "I never was out of it. It hurt. Simple as that."


On if he thought they should have run the ball more based on the success in the last drive: "I definitely didn't think they were ranked as high on defense as the way they played. Just from the beginning, the couple of runs we did get, I felt like we were successful. Then at the end, we ran so easy on them."

On if that makes him think they should have run it more: "That's not really my call. Whatever plays are drawn up, I just execute them as best as possible."

On what happened on the 3rd-and-1 near the goal line: "A guy hit me as soon as I got it. I slipped off him. By then, it was clogged up. They did a good job of stopping it."

On if he was hoping they would go for it on fourth down: "I thought we were. (Head Coach) Chip (Kelly) kind of called us in like we were. I guess he thought about it. The defense played well all game. It wasn't a bad decision."

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