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Game Vs. Colts: Eagles Defense

DE Juqua Parker

On whether its hard to continue play aggressively on days like today: "Not really. We try to stay aggressive no matter what."

On how the defense found ways to make time difficult for Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning: "We just tried to keep him on his toes and tried to make him confused. That's what we did tonight and it played out pretty good."

On playing against Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning: "We worked hard tonight. He's a great quarterback. I tip my hat to him. He's a great guy. They have a great team."

DE Trent Cole

On the win: "This is a revenge win from the previous game we had with them, so that is a great feeling to get the win, especially coming off the game we had 2 weeks ago. I think the defense played well today. It got a little close, but it is football and you are going to have things not go your way, but you have to keep fighting."

On whether there is a sense of pride beating a guy like Peyton Manning: "Yeah, he has outplayed teams. He's like a coach-quarterback. You have to respect a guy like that. He was seeing everything, you could see him checking. I was looking around and watching what he was looking at. He makes you play off what he is checking."

On whether Manning is the best quarterback he has ever faced: "Yeah, like I said he is a coach on the field."

On the roughing penalty he was called for: "You have to keep playing. There is nothing you can do about it. You have to put it past you."

On how he continues to be aggressive when he knows that he could be subject to a penalty or a fine from the NFL: "It is something that I can't answer. It's all last minute reactions, but you have to remember, there are rules and you have to abide by them. You have to watch how you hit people."

DE Darryl Tapp

On what he thinks was the key at the end of the game: "We made plays. Plays are going to be available to us, we just have to capitalize on them."

On the pressure they were able to apply on Colts QB Peyton Manning: "The pressure came from the coverage. Our back end guys, the secondary and the linebackers, did a great job of getting us time to get to him. "

On what it's like to sack Manning: "It doesn't happen too often. Any sack is great, but that is a special one."

On his sack: "I was line up on the tight end. He turned away from me, the offensive line was sliding away and I was able to put a move on my man. I was able to grab onto him."

On how it looked like Manning was a bit uncomfortable all day: "That goes all to (defensive coordinator Sean) McDermott. He did a great job of game planning all week. We all believed in the game plan from day one and we went out and executed it. Peyton is one of those guys who you can't let get comfortable, because he will pick us apart."

CB Dimitri Patterson

On what allowed the team to bounce back after the half: "We didn't want to beat ourselves. We knew what we were getting into. We were going to make some plays. We knew they were going to make some plays. We wanted to make sure we didn't give the game away. Bottom line: We didn't want to beat ourselves. We didn't want to give up any unnecessary big plays or any big drives. We just knew we needed to be thorough and disciplined in what we do."

On the play calling: "At the end of the day, that's out of our control. We just have to go out there and play. It's a fast-paced game. You got to go in there and play. It's 'boom, boom' and the play is over. We have to go in there and can't let the refs slow us down. We have to keep going and just play football."

S Kurt Coleman

On the hit that knocked out Colts WR Austin Collie: "I was just breaking on the ball. It was almost a collision between me and (S Quintin Mikell). I was just playing football. I am sad to say he got hurt. You never want to see that."

On whether it seemed like Collie got knocked into him: "Truthfully, I can't say. I felt like it was a bang-bang play. I kind of got a little knocked too. You probably got a better view than I did. I was just trying to make a play on the football."

On whether that play affected him: "It's football. I have to erase that play and go to the next one. They were in the redzone and they were going in for the score, so I had to get back in there and move on to the next play. You have to move on, because there are a lot of plays in the game. So, you can't dwell on that one play, whether it's good or bad. You have to move to the next play and move on."

S Quintin Mikell

On getting a win today coming off the loss to the Titans: "It was a big win. The 4th quarter has kind of been our Achilles heel this year and all week we were preaching playing 4 quarters of football. We didn't want to let up, stay on them. We knew we had a big challenge. We knew no matter what the situation was after 3 quarters, the 4th quarter was going to be important to us because they have Peyton Manning over there. I am really proud of our defense. I'm really proud of our whole team and how we played together. We didn't let up and we finished the game. That was big."

On the play that knocked out Austin Collie: "It was a football play in my opinion. It's unfortunate and I am not sure what happened. I guess they called Coleman on it. It is unfortunate because, to me, it was a football play. It wasn't malicious. Neither one of us was leading with our head, but the ref made the call and we had to go with it."

On whether in his eyes Collie had caught the ball and was beginning to run with it: "To me, I saw him. He had the ball and he kind of protected himself. He saw us coming. It looked like he had the ball and we separated him from it. I don't know. It's really frustrating, because to me, it seemed like a football play, but the ref made the call and we had to go with it."

On what the mindset of the defense was having to stop Manning at the end of the game: "First, our offense did a great job making them have to use their timeouts. That was big. They had 40 seconds left and we have two guys in (CB) Dimitri (Patterson) and (Kurt Coleman) who haven't played a lot and for them to come in and play as well as they did, that was great. Kurt didn't get any reps all week and for him to come out and play as well as he did, I am very proud of those guys. They came out and made a name for themselves. That is great."

On the last drive: "We still tried to challenge them. We couldn't play too deep, because they can get into field goal range. Our main thing was to play tight, not let them get deep over the top and make them work for everything. I feel like we did a great job. (CB) Asante (Samuel) made a great play and I feel like we executed our schemes perfectly today. They made a few plays. We said all week that they were going to make some plays, but we kept fighting and in the end we came up on top."

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