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Game Vs. 49ers: Head Coach Andy Reid

On injuries sustained during the game: "(QB) Michael Vick had a quad contusion, and we'll just see how he does this week. (CB) Sheldon Brown tweaked his ankle, but he came back in and played and he was fine."

On the conditions at Lincoln Financial Field following a heavy winter snowstorm: "I would like to just give thanks to (Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer) Don Smolenski and his staff who have been here both Friday and Saturday nights, for the way the stadium was cleared of the snow. (Director of Grounds) Tony Leonard had the field in phenomenal shape. Both of those guys and their staffs did an excellent job."

On the victory: "(San Francisco head coach) Mike (Singletary) has done a nice job of putting a good football team together. That defense is as physical as any defense that we've played this year. He also has some young guys that he's teaching on the offensive side. They can move the ball, and they have a bright future with that football team. As far as our team goes, I'm proud of the coordinators and the players for working through that game. It got a little close there, and obviously as a coach you don't want that to happen. The guys kept battling and we put some drives together. We had 94 and 89-yard drives, and I think the last (drive) was pretty effective there in terms of momentum. The four takeaways were also big. Any time you can get that many takeaways, it's a good thing."

On whether he thanked CB Sheldon Brown for coming up with an interception after the Eagles failed to convert a 4th-and-1 attempt from their own 29-yard line in the first quarter: "Yes, I did. That wasn't very good now that we look at it, was it? But we'll always try to stay aggressive. I thought we could get that obviously."

On the successful replay challenge of a FB Leonard Weaver reception which led to a touchdown on the Eagles first offensive series: "I was just calling it like we saw it. They had the replay up (on the video boards) so fast, that we were able to see the situation. (FB Leonard) Weaver said he caught the ball, but that isn't always the case, because I've had guys tell me they've caught the ball before, and the replays have held up. Obviously when you come out and get a first drive touchdown, that's big."

On whether he expected the Eagles to run the ball as effectively as they have following the injury to RB Brian Westbrook: "You're talking about one of the greatest players in Eagles history (in Westbrook), and the Eagles have been around for a couple of years. To lose him was to lose something from the offense, an important part of the offense. But there was a reason why we drafted (RB) LeSean (McCoy), and he's done a nice job of stepping up. (FB) Leonard (Weaver) is doing what he did in Seattle. He can do the physical run game in there, and he has also done a nice job of blocking."

On the argument between Weaver and a 49er defender which forced the Eagles to kill the clock and attempt a field goal prior to the end of the first half: "It was just what you saw. He has to ignore that the best he can, and get himself back in there and ready to go."

On whether this team has faced the most adversity of any Eagle team which has qualified for the playoffs during his tenure: "I'm not there yet. If you ask me at the end of the season, I'll probably be able to tell you a little bit better. I'm proud of our guys for the way they've worked through a bunch of different situations, starting with (defensive coordinator) Jim's (Johnson) passing. They've stayed focused, both coaches and players. I'm proud of them for that."

On WR DeSean Jackson: "What sums him up the best, besides the fact that he's a good player, is that he loves to play the game like all of us did when we were kids playing in the backyard. He just has a good time. He's doing it in the National Football League, which is pretty amazing."

On young players energizing the team this season: "Everybody has a part of it – not only the rookies, but also the first and second year players. They've given us all a little energy. I think you guys (the media) feel it. It's fun to watch. They're going to make some mistakes here and there, but they're going to do it at 100 miles per hour. It's fun to watch."

On the effectiveness of the team's first offensive drives this season using scripted plays: "(Offensive coordinator) Marty (Mornhinweg) does that. Marty has done a great job all the way through. He's got a lot of young players that he has incorporated into the offense. He's done a heck of a job with it. He has had some new faces with free agency and so on, and he's made them all feel a part of it, and he's calling great games. Everybody has a piece of it. The assistant coaches are doing a nice job of coaching them, and also the players are doing a heck of job of playing them."

On generating long touchdown scoring drives for two consecutive weeks: "You're only as good as your last game. We understand that. But at the same time, those were important drives that we needed tonight. I was proud of the guys for limiting the mistakes and executing. (QB) Donovan (McNabb) kind of kept it all together there. The offensive line stepped up, and every week they've gotten a little bit better, in particular when they've had the opportunity to play together as a unit."

On the third quarter interception of a Donovan McNabb pass which eventually resulted in San Francisco closing the scoring gap to 20-13: "(McNabb) probably will tell you he should have run. He came out and said, 'Dog on, I should have gone.' That's probably what he's going to tell you when he comes in here (to address the media). He was just trying to stay aggressive. He knows the situation."

On the defense bouncing back from last week's game: "They did. They rallied. We still have to do a better job, I always talk about blocking and tackling, offensive side we have to keep working on our blocking and defensive side we have to keep working on our tackling. We just have to be more consistent, keep working it, keep going, but other than that I thought (defensive coordinator) Sean (McDermott) did a nice job schematically and then I thought the players executed well and played hard, aggressive football."

On why he is not emphasizing the value of having clinched a playoff birth with this win: "Listen, we're grateful for having that opportunity, however it's important that we don't get caught up in that. That's going to happen down the road. We have to take care of business now. We have the Denver Broncos coming in and we have to make sure that we're ready to go when they get here."

On how he determined when to play WR Kevin Curtis: "He is in there a few snaps, he just didn't end up going in there the second half as much. He had a grab and he had a drop that was a tough catch. That's what we wanted to do; we wanted to just ease him in. He'll be fine down the road."

On whether he thinks RB LeSean McCoy had a better game this week because he had more touches: "It was probably that and he sure ran hard. I thought he did a nice job with the touches he was getting. He's keeping that ball high and tight and against this team, that was huge. This team thrives on turnovers, the 49ers. He did a nice job of securing the football and running hard."

On deciding to use McCoy in a goal line situation: "We have to a couple of different things we do down there with our base grouping and were able to get him in there. He was very good at that when he was at Pitt and he showed it again right there."

On whether any of the snowballs thrown onto the field by the fans were close to him: "Well there was one that was close. We probably don't need to throw snowballs. We're a classy crew in Philadelphia here and we need to save that for the parking lot I think."

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