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Game Vs. Steelers: Head Coach Andy Reid

Opening Remarks:"There were really just two injuries. Both guys came back in. It was Bryce Brown with a shoulder strain and Mychal Kendricks had an ankle sprain. Both of them again returned and were fine. The turnovers early hurt us. You can't do that in a good place in a stadium on the road against a good football team. You just can't do it. We put ourselves in a position to win the game. We need to make sure we get off the field on that last drive. My hat's off to them. They did a nice job with the last drive. I saw some good things. I know that's hard to see right now. There were some good things we can take out of this. There are some things we can work on and get ourselves back."

On the play where he called the team's second timeout:"I can't remember."

On QB Michael Vick still fumbling the ball after so much emphasis being placed on it:"It's hard to say. He got knocked out. I'll be the first one to tell you that. We fixed it the second half. The first half is where we have to take care of the football."

On pressuring the quarterback on defense:"We had pressure. We had chances to get our hands on (QB Ben Roethlisberger.) He's a big, strong guy. You have to get him down once you get your hands on him. We knew that was an issue. That's been an issue with every team that's played him. We just need to do a little better of a job."

On being okay with the pressure:"For the most part, (Roethlisberger) had pressure. He had to move in the pocket and make his throws where he extended plays. He's very good at that."

On Roethlisberger buying time on the Steelers third and 12-play on the last drive:"He did. We're two man there and he made the right route call against the right coverage in that case."

On the play being zone defense:"No. It was two man."

On Michael Vick turning the ball over:"He didn't want to come in and fumble the ball. That's not what he did. He tried to make plays and they hit the ball and knocked it out of his hands."

On not having timeouts as the game was winding down:"I had the one left and I used it on the last drive. I needed the other ones. I needed to use the other ones at the time. The other one was on third and short. It was something they showed us. It wasn't any call that we made. It was the call of the player."

On receiving evidence that LeSean McCoy got a first down:"Yes. I was standing right there and it looked like he got it."

On the decision to go for it on fourth down:"I wanted to win the game. You're in a tough place to win football games. Their home record here is unbelievable. We had ball in our hands and I wanted to take care of it and score. That's what we did."

On the offense going down to get ahead again:"It was a great effort. Both sides of the ball played hard. It's a matter of you have to get off the field at the end. It was a nice drive by the offense on that last drive."

On the defense playing most of the second half and being worn down on the last drive:"We rotated enough guys where I didn't think that was an issue. When you're that close you have to get him (Roethlisberger) down. He's good at it. I don't know what else to say. He's very good at that."

On the Steelers being able to run late in the game:"They had a pretty good running back back. That helped the cause. He played pretty well. They got us."

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