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Game Vs. Colts: QB Michael Vick

On whether this game was more emotional than others: "Yeah, this game was more emotional because we knew how big it was going to be, how tough it was going to be to win this game. Two weeks of hard work and preparation and guys dedicating themselves everyday, watching extra film, doing whatever it takes it gives us an advantage. It was very gratifying. I think for us to be able to pull it out and put it together on both sides of the ball is fantastic."

On this win being a signature win that proves the Eagles are one of the elite teams in the NFC: "We try to make a statement week in and week out and not only do we have to beat the Indianapolis Colts, we have to strive to beat every team that we line up against. This is a tough league. We played against one of the best today – one of the best teams in this league and one of the best quarterbacks, hands down. We (were) able to pull it out so that gives us a great deal of confidence moving forward."

On the confidence he has in WR DeSean Jackson: "I believe in all the guys out there that I play with. I have to give a great deal of credit to the offensive line, have to give credit to the receivers, and the running backs were doing a great job in protection. Me and DeSean (Jackson), we have chemistry. I know where he's going to be and it's funny because 90 percent of the time when I throw the ball to him deep and I think I overthrow him, and he just goes to get it. He's a very dynamic player and I'm just glad to have him on my team."

On the drive in the third quarter that didn't result in a score, but took a lot of time off the clock: "It was very important, we knew we had to keep (Colts QB) Peyton (Manning) off the field. We knew it was going to be tough. They have a very tough defense, very aggressive, very fast and we knew it was going to be a challenge, but the thing we wanted to do was to just keep the tempo going. Get in and out of the huddle and make plays when we needed to. We were able to do it and that drive was key. We were in the red zone so many times and didn't score and that was very deflating at times but we stayed patient and persistent."

On being backed up, but being able to convert for touchdowns: "When you're backed up, the only thing you can think about is chopping the yards down. In a long yardage situation, it all depends on what's going on in the game at the time. Obviously at that point we were up, but we were trying to score points. You just have to put it all together and do whatever it takes to put yourself in a position to be successful."

On whether it's hard to slide: "I play this game the way I play it and I'm not going to change. I think I did a good job protecting myself at times and I think at times when I knew the hit wasn't going to be as devastating I was able to protect myself. I'm not going to play this game scared or hesitant or conservative. I'm going to go out and give 110 percent, give it everything I have and I think at the end of the day, I just want to be able to tell myself I gave it everything I had and I didn't hold anything back. Regardless of what happens out there, whether I run and get hurt or I don't, it's just me playing my game."

On what drives him to play the way he does, in terms of not sliding or running out of bounds: "You have that end zone in front of you and that's all you're thinking about. That's what drives me. When I see that end zone, it's like the lights just turn on and I don't care what happens. I'm willing to go the extra mile to put six points on the board. On the flip side, I have to think about the guys that I hang out on the limbs, my teammates who want me to be out there and are confident in both myself and Kevin, but at the same time they care about our health as well. So I try to take that into consideration and it's hard, but like I said, I'm not going to play my game thinking about getting hurt."

On telling Eagles head coach Andy Reid that this team was special and could play in the Super Bowl: "The only person I told that to was Andy, I didn't tell anyone else. I talked to a couple other guys, and we all see the potential. We have a lot of rising stars, we have a lot of young guys who are very dedicated and we have some veterans who have been around for a long time. I think that if we just put it all together we can make a run at it. And it all starts today and we knew it was going to be a critical game for us and it's just one of the next eight we have to play."

On why he didn't tell anyone else about the team being special and making a run at the Super Bowl: "I don't need to. I don't need to say it to anybody else. I think they should all be able to look around and see what we have in place, what type of team we have in place. I don't think I need to stand up and make a big dissertation about what we can do. I think the potential is already there and we see it. We've shown glimpses of it as the year has went on, but this game is so tough. Each and every play is going to be a challenge and if you don't know that and if you don't understand that, then you're in the wrong business."

On what was going through his head when Manning was driving at the end of the game: "Let me tell you something about Peyton Manning. Every time he's out on the field, you think he's going to score a touchdown. And that's just how precise he is, that's how smart he is, that's the type of player that he's become and that's how hard he's worked throughout his career. You don't know what to expect, so the only thing I could tell myself was: Just try to match him, keep him off the field. If we could do that then we have a chance of winning, but that guy's amazing."

On how different of a team the Eagles are with Jackson on the field: "DeSean is able to stretch the field and he's able to do so many things that a lot of other players can't do and we just happen to have him and (WR) Jeremy (Maclin), two of the best receivers in this game playing alongside each other and DeSean is just a different breed. He's a freak of nature."

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