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Game Vs. Texans: Head Coach Andy Reid

On injuries sustained during the game: "(RT) Winston Justice has an MCL sprain and he'll have an MRI in the morning. (G) Max (Jean-Gilles) started at the right guard spot. (G) Nick (Cole) had been working in there (at right guard), and I thought we could give Nick a little rest on his knee and get him back fresh in a few days"

On the victory: "My compliments go to the team. (Houston) is the best fourth quarter team in football, so it was important that we played all four quarters and I felt that our defense really stepped up in the fourth quarter. This was our fourth game in 17 days, so I'm proud of the guys for pushing through, especially in a short week. They did a good job. We had some highs, we had some lows, and there are plenty of things that we can learn from. We did a little bit better in the red zone, which is a plus. I thought (QB) Michael (Vick) played well and did some nice things. (K) David Akers ended up setting the record for most regular season games played by any player in the history of the organization. (TE Brent) Celek had a big play there at the end which was very important. In terms of offense, defense, and special teams, all in all it was a good game. My compliments also go to the Texans. They're battling through some injuries and things, but they're a heck of a team with very explosive players on both sides of the ball."

On how he wanted the team to respond after falling behind late in the game: "I was looking to recapture the momentum. We weren't able to do that last week (at Chicago), but we were able to get it done here. We had great fan support which made it tough on (Houston) with the noise. The guys made plays. They buckled down and made plays. They tackled well today and caught the ball better today. I thought (RB LeSean) McCoy ran hard and had some nice runs for us. I thought both lines played well too."

On how he knew to challenge the spot of the Brent Celek reception which resulted in a first down following a successful replay review: "Our guys showed it on our (stadium replay) board too, so I was able to get it upstairs (in the coaches' booth) and down below (on the stadium replay board). Just from looking at it, it didn't look like his knee had touched down when he spun. That is a tough call for the officials, but it ended up working out well."

On him not having much success with past replay challenges involving officials' spots: "I appreciate you bringing that up."

On what impressed him about the play of QB Michael Vick: "He got knocked around a little bit. (Houston) has a real good defensive front. They blitzed a little bit, and he kept getting back up and kept going. I loved his energy in the second half. He was firing up (players on) both sides of the ball. He brought a lot to the table."

On QB Michael Vick attempting to avoid some hits: "I saw him go down. Even though it was a head-first (slide), he went down, and I'm going to take that as a positive."

On whether he was trying to send a message with the long pass play to DeSean Jackson on the first play from scrimmage: "He did a great job of sitting in front of the free safety, who was playing very deep. In terms of a message, we're playing the other team, so that was the message."

On whether the Eagles got his message from last week following the loss to Chicago: "This is all about our team. We win as a team, and lose as a team. I just thought collectively, everyone played well tonight. We played through some adversity, and I thought we did better in the red zone on both sides of the ball."

On how close CB Asante Samuel was to playing in the game: "He was close. We wanted to go, but his lateral mobility wasn't good enough, so we held him out. It wasn't anything to do with his effort and want-to."

On getting the momentum back after falling behind late in the game: "I think the guys just rallied. I say this about professional athletes and coaches - when they really put their minds to doing something, it normally gets done. I think they were a little embarrassed last week, and we all were in terms of players and coaches. I thought we could have played better. I think everyone put their minds to it tonight and there was a lot of positive energy down there during those tough times."

On the red zone drop by TE Brent Celek early in the game: "That was a rough one. It was one of those traffic throws where he's coming out of a lot of bodies and the ball was low and in front of him. They were blitzing us on that play, and he was very upset and felt that he should have made that catch. He came back and later made one of the bigger plays in the game. I'm proud of him."

On the recent play of LT Jason Peters: "He's done a nice job. I thought both tackles (Jason Peters and Winston Justice) did a nice job, and when King (Dunlap) came in, he did a nice job as well. With Jason, you're talking about one of the better tackles in the National Football League. I'm partial, but I think he's the best. He answers the bell every week and he's done a nice job and been very consistent."

On RB LeSean McCoy's effectiveness in the passing game: "First off, we screened them quite a little bit. Some of that is just their pass rush and the depth of their linebackers. We're trying to get underneath with our intermediate throws, and that normally opens up the back and gives him some opportunities."

On why QB Michael Vick was riding an exercise bike during different breaks in the game: "He was working his legs. He took some shots on his legs in the game, and he was just trying to keep them loose."

On the team's positive energy after falling behind late in the game: "Everybody was pumping each other up. You saw the offense pumping the defense up, and the defense pumping the offense up. You saw (CB) Asante (Samuel) and (DE) JP (Juqua Parker) down there very involved and bringing a lot of energy even though they were not playing. Everyone was into the game. It was a positive atmosphere."

On getting WR DeSean Jackson involved in the game: "We had five or six calls to him. (Houston) sometimes doubled him, and (QB) Michael (Vick) had pressure on one play and he had to run. His number was dialed up quite a little bit tonight. You get a little attention when you strike early like he did."

On the defense's containment of Houston RB Arian Foster: "He's a good back. Foster is a very good back, and they have a good offensive line. We did a pretty decent job. It looked like (Foster) and (LB) Ernie (Simms) were going at it a little bit, and that's healthy as long as there are no penalties."

On the blocking of TE Brent Celek: "He's done a nice job. It's been solid, and he's getting better every week."

On what QB Michael Vick said on the sideline when the team fell behind late in the game: "He was very vocal about everyone rallying and picking up their games, and he said that he was going to pick up his game. It was all positive. For someone that's normally quiet, when he speaks up like that, people listen. I thought he did a very nice job of bringing good energy."

On the distribution of the ball in the passing game: "We were able to spread it around a little bit. That's tough on defenses. Everybody got involved. I'm not sure how many guys caught the ball, but our fullback (Owen Schmitt) got one and he normally doesn't get involved there. I think (TE) Clay (Harbor) might have been the only one that didn't (catch a pass), but he got a kickoff."

On QB Michael Vick physically holding up after four games in 17 days: "He's worked so hard, and you guys (the media) have seen it. He goes out there and stays after practice. He did that last year when he was trying to get himself back into shape, and then this offseason he spent so much time getting himself right. He and (QB) Kevin (Kolb) worked their tails off this offseason and both of them came back in great shape. That's where this helps Michael, especially with the way he plays the game. He plays a physical type of game at quarterback, and you have to be in good shape to do that."

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