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Game Vs. Cowboys: Head Coach Andy Reid

On injuries sustained during the game: "(DE Chris) Clemons and (FS Brian) Dawkins cramped and came in (the locker room) for an IV."

On the victory: "I thought the fans were awesome. What a great job they did of keeping the noise level up for (Dallas QB) Tony (Romo) and the Cowboys. I thought turnovers obviously were big. I'd also like to thank the Oakland Raiders and the Houston Texans. They both did a heck of a job today. I'm very proud of our guys. They very easily could have lost the faith and not prepared themselves right for today. Right from the get-go, it was all about the Cowboys. They weren't worried about anything that would happen or any of the scenarios today. I'm proud of them, because that's the only way you can to that. It's very hard to do, and they did it. I'm not exactly sure what day we're playing next week, but it looks like we're playing Minnesota. We'll worry about that after we enjoy this win here tonight."

On whether this win offers him any personal vindication: "This is the NFL. I'm proud of the guys, but we're not done yet. We got to the doorstep, but now we have to climb up the steps and get in."

On when he learned the Eagles controlled their own playoff destiny due to the losses by Tampa Bay and Chicago:"When we went out onto the field."

On whether he watched any of the other three games which impacted the Eagles playoff chances: "I didn't watch a single snap. Those things rip your heart out when you're watching them. I let other people tell me, and I figured the fans would let us know once we got out there."

On the play of quarterback Donovan McNabb: "I thought he did a great job of managing the football game all the way around – preparing himself during the week and showing the rest of the players how to do the thing the right way. I thought the leadership of him and Dawk (S Brian Dawkins) was invaluable for this week."

On his elation with the outcomes considering where the Eagles stood at the beginning of the day:"I'm enjoying this moment right now. You couldn't have drawn it up any better than it happened today. It came right down to December 28. It was awesome to see Lincoln Financial Field electric like that. It's what this league is all about."

On whether this is his sweetest non-playoff victory as a head coach: "It sure is today. I'm feeling great today. I'm so happy for our players and proud of the way the players hung in there. I thought our coaches had an unbelievable game plan. (Offensive coordinator) Marty (Mornhinweg) and (Defensive coordinator) Jim (Johnson) called a great game, (Special Teams coordinator) Rory (Segrest) had a great plan on special teams, and the assistant coaches stepped up and kept the guys going. The players bought into it and did their part. It was a great team effort."

On the 17 points scored off of Dallas turnovers in the last two minutes of the first half: "They drove down into the red zone, and our defense had some turnovers and capitalized on them in a big way. Any time you can score a couple of (defensive) touchdowns, that's a great thing. We kept playing hard and aggressive, and I think it was hard for the Cowboys to hear with the noise. It was very loud."

On what was different about the team controlling its destiny this week as opposed to last week in Washington: "We learned from our mistake."

On the blocking strategy against Dallas linebacker DeMarcus Ware: "You're talking about one of the best pass rushers in the league. You have to pay attention to him and we tried to the best of our ability to have somebody there to chip him when we could. I thought our guys did a good job of executing that – at least making him take an extra step around the edge. That can be the step that allows you to throw the football."

On how important it will be to maintain momentum going into the playoffs: "I don't think you're going to have to drive much home. These guys have fought like crazy to get into this position, and I don't anticipate that they'll stop fighting. This is their nature. They're an aggressive bunch, and they see it. We have to take one step at a time, and one game at a time here."

On what he said to the team just before kickoff: "I said a couple of things - just to keep the faith and trust, and to play their hearts out. They did both of those things today."

On the play of free safety Brian Dawkins: "He's been phenomenal. He had done a great job."

On whether he was receiving constant feedback and score reports on the other games affecting the Eagles playoff chances:"I kind of waited until I walked out (onto the field). I tried to stay disciplined. When you start getting emotionally tied up in these other games, you don't do very well when it comes to your game time."

On whether he could hear the fans reacting to plays in the other games which affected the Eagles playoff chances: "I actually could hear them in my office."

On facing his friend Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress in the playoffs: "He had a heck of a win today. What a great job he did. I haven't quite got to that point yet. I'm going to enjoy this one, and we'll get onto that one tomorrow. I'm happy for Brad that he will get a chance to get into (the playoffs) and experience this."

On whether he has a preference for a playoff game on Saturday or Sunday:"If you could have a Sunday game that would be great. But you know what? I'm not going to be too picky."

On whether it is possible that a playoff game could be a letdown after an emotional day like today: "No."

On whether he expected his team to keep the faith following the loss in Washington: "I trusted that they would. Like I said before, we have a great locker room and some good people in there. When you come out of a game like Washington, you have to bank on that and trust the guys."

On his use of running back Correll Buckhalter: "We had certain plays where we were just going to put him in. We wanted to keep a natural rotation going there. That's how we went about it."

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