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Game Vs. Packers: Locker Room Defense

DE Trent Cole

On this marking the end of the season: "It's a terrible feeling. We come out and expect to play like there's no tomorrow. It just didn't work out today. We kind of started off the game pretty badly and turned it up the next half and got back on track. We just didn't pull it out. The guys fought hard to get back. We just didn't pull it out. Green Bay is a good team. Aaron Rodgers is a great quarterback."

On the success of QB Aaron Rodgers converting third-downs:"We knew they were going to do that. The only thing you can do in a situation like that -- it's hard to get through -- you've just got to (go in a) straight line, go straight to him. We were trying to do that, and he was just throwing. We tried to do what we can to execute in all aspects of the field, but we just didn't all come together as a team."

On the balance of the Packers offense: "They used the running game here and there. They passed the ball quite a few times. We just tried to get the pressure on (Rodgers) and do what we were supposed to do. When it comes to third-down, you've got to get off the field. You must get off the field."

DT Antonio Dixon

On how the Eagles executed the game plan against Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers: "You can blitz and run, but he's a good quarterback. Our coach called a pretty good game."

On whether he was surprised at Green Bay RB Brandon Jackson having so much success at running the football against the Eagles defense:"Yeah, he surprised me a little bit. But, it's the NFL. Anything can happen any week. We just have to learn from it."

LB Ernie Sims

On the play of Packers RB James Starks: "We knew he had potential and that he would expose us if we let him. That is exactly what he did."

On the overall performance of the defense on 3rd down: "3rd down wasn't the only problem. We have to do better on 1st and 2nd down. We have to limit the offense on those downs to give us a chance on 3rd down."

LB Jamar Chaney

On whether the Packers did anything unexpected on offense:"Not really. Everything they did, we pretty much practiced. I thought we did a good job, but this is the playoffs -- stuff is going to be magnified. You're going to find out your weaknesses and your strengths."

On the Packers success running the ball: "They're a good running team. We didn't downplay that at all this week. They've got a good formation they run out of with those three backs in the backfield, and they just create extra gaps. We practiced all week but it's a tough running game to stop when they get into that kind of formation. We knew they were going to come in and run the ball. The first time they played us, they ran the ball pretty well, when they had (RB) Ryan Grant. We knew they were going to run the ball, but when it's time to make plays, you've got to make plays. It's the playoffs -- you've got to step up."

CB Asante Samuel

On the defense's performance:"We allowed a few (big plays) the first half. We came back in the second half and corrected things, but at the end of the day when you don't get the victory, we didn't make the plays to win the game."

On whether he was surprised Green Bay ran the ball as well as it did:"Yeah, definitely surprised. The first downs they made running the ball, passing the ball, I'm surprised at everything. Not surprised at all."

On what he says to his teammates after a loss like this: "Stick together, we're a family."

On how far he thinks this team is away from going to the next level: "Not far at all. We've got work to do. We've got to put it all together and play more consistent."

On what his thoughts were on the final play of the last drive while being on the sideline and if he thought the team was going to pull it out:"Yeah, definitely. You think you're going to win the game, you think to yourself 'Are you going to make it?' When you see him (CB Tramon Williams) intercept the ball, it took all the breath out of you."

CB Dimitri Patterson

On the defensive gameplan: "We just wanted to come out and challenge the receivers, make it hard for (QB Aaron) Rodgers, not give him any easy looks. That's what we tried to do. That was our goal."

On the struggles defensively in the red zone:"It's just one of those things we just could not get corrected all year. It came back to bite us again. We just couldn't capitalize, for whatever reason."

On the Packers' success converting on third-downs:"They were very successful on third-down. I don't really know exactly why they were so successful without looking at the film. The bottom-line is we didn't get off the field for whatever reason. And I played a big part. They had, what, 18 first-down completions? That was tough, especially in a critical game like this where everything counts. But with all that being said, we were in position to win the game."

On what this loss feels like: "It doesn't feel good at all. We had high expectations coming into the playoffs. Not to reach that expectation is definitely disappointing. You work all year, all season, training camp, for this moment. Not to secure this win is very disappointing."

S Quintin Mikell

On his feelings after the loss: "It hurts. I felt like we would go much further than we did. Anytime you lose, it hurts. An exit in the first-round when we were playing so well mid-season is frustrating."

On the difference between the defense mid-season and today:"I'm not sure. It's hard to put a finger on it. I really don't know. Obviously, we were playing with much more confidence, we were getting turnovers. We got a couple today. We were playing with confidence in the second half, but I think in the first-half, defensively, we let too many points on the board."

On the struggles defensively in the red zone: "It was just execution. The first (touchdown), we weren't executing right. There was one where he was scrambling around, and it's tough when he gets out of the pocket and he's scrambling. That was tough. They threw a screen on the other one. We just have to get there and make the tackle."

On what the team needs to be a contender next year: "It's hard to say without really knowing what's going to happen next year. I think this was a good experience for us defensively. You can't come out and spot a good team points. We've been saying that all year. We've been having trouble with the red zone all year, and it came back to bite us today."

On the experience for the younger players: "We've been saying all along that it's not easy. It's not easy to win in this league, especially in the playoffs. For us to come out and play the first-half (like) a completely different defense than in the second-half. It's playoff football -- every half has to be like that second-half. And for some reason, it just wasn't there at the end."

S Kurt Coleman

On whether the Packers did anything unexpected on offense: "To be honest, nothing really surprised us. We had a really good gameplan about how they were going to attack us. They ran the ball well that first half. I thought in the second half we stepped it up, especially stopping the run, and I don't know the stats, but I thought passing-wise we did a solid job, especially on the outside with their explosive receivers."

On the success of Packers RB James Starks: "If we won, I wouldn't have cared. But, obviously, that was probably the biggest difference. They just kept running the ball and they ran the ball well. He found a lot of holes, and kept on running and got the tough yards."

On the red-zone situations:"It's tough. They got down in the red-zone three times, and they scored three times. It's frustrating, especially when you get them in third-and-longs and a lot of third-down situations. But at the end of the day, we gave up 21 points against a great offense. I thought this defense played very well in the second half."

K David Akers

On this being the toughest moment of his career: "Sure, football-wise, yes. It's the playoffs and you've got to do your job to keep things going. It's a tough day."

On the wind affecting his kicks: "It was really all over the place today. You could see, we were kicking deep both ways at times and short both ways at times. It shifted all over the place. It's Lincoln Financial (Field) and I've played here a lot of years. You just go out and feel it how you feel it at that time. Sometimes you guess right, sometimes you guess wrong, and I did on the 41 (yard field goal attempt), that's for sure."

On the snap and hold being executed well on both missed field goals: "Yes. Those guys are always great."

On the missed 34-yard field goal: "I don't know. I have to watch again. It didn't feel right. It came off a little weird. I don't know, I just have to look at it. It doesn't really matter -- it didn't go through."

On his mindset late in the game: "I want to do whatever I can to help the team. I just don't want to hurt. Any opportunity I go out there, I want to do well for them. I really feel badly for my teammates, coaches, the organization and all that. I've made a lot of kicks in my day. Today, missing them, it hurts. I don't know what else to say. I didn't do what I should be doing.

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