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Game Vs. Colts: CB Asante Samuel

On whether he keeps every ball he has intercepted: "I gave a few away so I don't have them all but I've got most of them."

On whether today's intercepted balls are particularly special since they came from the hands of Peyton Manning: "Oh yeah, definitely. One of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game, it feels good to me. I've been battling for this for years in New England. He's a hell of a player, a hell of a competitor so I'm glad we got the win."

On what he was thinking running around on the last drive: "The safety (Quintin Mikell) and I switched positions. I told him to go to the corner and let me go to safety and read Peyton a little bit. So I read his eyes and when I caught the pick, I was going to try to score but then I saw 85 (WR Pierre Garcon) coming fast up on my tail so I said 'let me play around with it a little bit.'"

On how he felt when Michael Vick told Andy Reid that this team has Super Bowl potential: "Michael Vick is one of the most electrifying quarterbacks to ever play the game so we have a lot of confidence in him and we believe in him. We just put it all together. You can see that It's right there for us. We've just got to put it all together and play consistent football week in and week out. We definitely have a good shot."

On whether the team is playing better than expected and can beat big teams: "We definitely could. The main thing is I think we need to be a little more consistent with offense, defense and special teams and once we put it all together, we're going to be something to deal with."

On whether the defense switched anything after losing to the Tennessee Titans: "No. We run our game plan. Defense is a defense over here so the only thing different was we had a different corner out there."

On whether the key to beating Manning is to catch him off guard with various plays: "Yeah, you've got to give him a lot of different looks and try to confuse him as much as possible. The guy is a really smart guy, he studies a lot and once he figures out what you're in, he's going to dissect you a lot. So that was the whole thing this week was to confuse him, play around as much as possible and never let him know what coverage you're in."

On how much his experience playing against Manning helped him have interceptions today: "I just know you've just got to try to confuse him. From playing against him in New England, we just try to confuse him and beat the receivers as much as possible, so that was the main thing. You just have to not let him know what you're in."

On how difficult it was for the defense to keep their composure after some of the calls made by the officials: "It was tough. We got a lot of bad breaks today but we just fight. We know it's going to be a four quarter game and we just fought to the end. We fought like champions today."

On whether they have more control over the rest of the season with many upcoming games against division opponents: "We just have to take it one game at a time. Next week, we have Washington and we definitely have to get some division wins. That would help us out a little bit."

On how important it was for the Eagles offense to be on the field for long stretches at a time to keep Manning off the field: "That's important, especially against a guy like Peyton. You can't give him the ball too many times. We gave him the ball back with a minute and some seconds left in the two-minute drill and he got a field goal out of it so that was the main thing all week. Coach Reid and all of the other coaches made the game plan to keep the ball out of Peyton's hands as much as possible."

On how many times he has gotten Peyton Manning in his career: "This is about my third…second and third. It feels awesome against one of the greatest players."

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