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Eagles Locker Room: Offense

QB Mark Sanchez

On the disappointment of this loss:

"I'm very disappointed. I'm the first guy to say that I'm just upset with myself. You can't turn the ball over. We knew they were going to come with a lot of energy and we got behind from the jump. But there is no excuse for missing [TE Zach] Ertz over the middle and then trying to force that ball late at the end. I can't commit two turnovers like that. I didn't play well enough to win and that's why we lost."

On whether the Cowboy defense played differently than it did on Thanksgiving:

"No, I think we just really let some opportunities slip. It's unfortunate that we gave away some great opportunities. That's the bottom line. We had some things that were open and we missed. We just got too far behind." On whether Dallas threw some new wrinkles at the Eagles offense tonight

"Not really, nothing that we hadn't prepared for and that stinks. I think Coach [Chip] Kelly said it the best. As upset as we are, we cannot have that, 'Oh woe is me' attitude. Nobody is going to feel sorry for you. We have to bounce back and get this taste out of our mouth as soon as possible, as in tonight. We have to get in there, get in the film room, shake it off and move on because I know we have so much talent on this team and it would be a real shame if we didn't maximize it and get these next couple of wins. It starts with this next week." On why the offense was not able to maintain rhythm:

"We got it rolling there for a while. I think we put up 24 [points] straight. We got hot and guys were making plays, great catches, good blocks, tons of time to throw, and we got the running game going. Like I said, we turned the ball over and we hurt ourselves more than anything. It wasn't some amazing play. The safety is diving for the ball, but that ball has to be right on the six of [TE Zach] Ertz. He's running to my left to right so that ball has got to hit him right on the six. It opened up perfect, it was a great call and great execution except for the throw. It's unacceptable." On why he personally was taking a lot of the responsibility for the loss:

"I'm better than that. I can only be accountable for myself and I know all the guys feel the same way I do. Every missed assignment, guys take ownership. Nobody is hiding from anything. There's no, 'Well, he could have caught it maybe if he would have dove further.' No, that's crap. No way. We have to take ownership of this thing and it starts with the quarterback. I have to be a lot better." On whether he expects to start on Saturday in Washington

"I have no idea but I need to clean up some mistakes and attack this thing like I do every week. That's with a positive attitude, learning from the previous week, learning from this game, and being ready to play."

RB LeSean McCoy

On how frustrating the game was tonight:

"It was very frustrating. We fought our way back even after how badly the game started. We were really trying to go out there and get the win, but it didn't happen for us."

On how the offense was able to fight back after being down 21-0:

"As an offense we executed and didn't turn the ball over. We didn't make mistakes."

On what Dallas did differently this time around:

"They played a lot harder. We knew they were going to come in and try to stop us. They just made plays at the right time. When we got going we really got going. We just slowed down at the wrong time."

On the Eagles being able to control their own playoff destiny:

"All we can do is try and win out. Take this next game against the Redskins and go in and win there."

WR Jeremy Maclin

On the offense's turnovers this season:

"We just have to take care of the football I don't know what other way to put it."

On losing control of the division with this loss:

"We can't get caught up in that. We have to go out and play Washington this upcoming Saturday and get the job done."

On why things were so different tonight compared to the Thanksgiving game:

"I don't know I have to go back and look at the film. Too many missed opportunities, turning the football over--stuff like that."

On how much of an effect the fumble on the opening kickoff had on the game:

"It was huge. I don't really know what happened. Obviously, you don't want something like that to happen.  It definitely shifted the momentum their way."

TE Brent Celek

On whether the team felt they were going to take control once they took the lead:

"It felt like we were going to take control. I mean we had the momentum and things were going our way. Then things started to go sour. It wasn't good. I don't know what else to say. I'm disappointed in myself and I'm disappointed that we lost. It sucks."

On if he could explain what happened on the play where he fumbled:

"I don't know. I don't know how I fumbled, obviously I fumbled but I just have to hold onto the ball. There's just no excuse, I've got to hold onto it. I wasn't extending the ball; I guess it got knocked loose. I should've held onto it. Even looking at the replay, he didn't do anything crazy to rip it out or anything. I don't know."

C Jason Kelce

On whether he is frustrated on not being in first place anymore:

"I'm not looking at the standings; I'm just frustrated we let a game get away from us. We knew going into the week this was really important and we didn't get it done."

On whether the early deficit made it difficult for the team to pick itself back up:

"On that first drive they came out with some different stuff like we expected. They would come out with something that we haven't seen, obviously to stop the run like last time. That's on me, I didn't communicate it well and they got us on that first drive and put us in a bad position which included a false start."

On how much turnovers are hurting the team:

"Turnovers kill any team. But you know obviously we've done a poor job this year in that aspect. But as an offensive lineman I just worry about blocking and getting the job done up front and we didn't get it done up front today. If you look at the last game, the reason we won that game is because up front we got it done and that starts with me. I take full responsibility and we have to be able to put our offense and our skilled players in better positions.  That's something we pride ourselves on and I'm not getting it done right now for us."

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On how deflating it is to lose two games in a row and whether the Cowboys were a team they should have beaten:

"I don't get into the whole confidence thing. I think that we lost two in a row but really we lost to a team that we needed to beat and we didn't get the job done. That's the most frustrating thing."

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