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Game Vs. Texans: Offensive Locker Room

WR Jeremy Maclin

On his overall perception of the game: "Guys were making plays. Defense made a few stops and we started clicking again in the fourth quarter."

On whether trailing in the fourth quarter was a wakeup call for the offense: "We're never in that type of mood. Stuff just doesn't pan out right. We definitely put it together when we needed to."

On the importance of the early red zone scores: "It was very important. Obviously whenever you get down there you want to score. That's one of the things you kind of wanted to focus on for this game. I think we did a pretty good job today in the red zone."

On how this win put pressure on teams such as the Giants to get to 8-4: "At the end of the day we know that we're in the position that we want to be in. If we take care of business, we're going to be that team anyway. That's how we look at it, that's how we're approaching it, and we have no control over what they do."

WR Desean Jackson

On whether getting big catches tonight helps his mentality moving forward: "Whatever I can do to help the team win, that's all I am here to do. At the end of the day, like I said before, everything else doesn't matter. I know in the long haul what is in front of me. I just want to do everything the right way. I am not going to be the guy to mess it up and do something crazy. We are just trying to move forward and win the NFC East."

On his big reception in the 4th quarter: "It was huge for us. Like I said, they are a great second half team and everybody knows that. The biggest thing was just to go out and execute. Like I said, in the 3rd quarter we slipped and it wasn't as good as we would have liked. We lost a big lead. The 4th quarter was our quarter and that is what matters the most. We were able to handle them."

On how big this win is for the goal of winning the NFC East: "We don't get caught up in that. We know we are going to have to play the Giants one more time and we know we are going to have to play the Cowboys twice. So, this was a good opportunity for us. We feel very confident."

On what this past week has been like for him: "It's been tough, having to come back from a tough loss like that. To come back and play tonight was tough. We did what we need to do to win the game. That is what matters."

RB LeSean McCoy

On whether head coach Andy Reid's address to the team after the Bears game got their attention: "Yeah, as long as I have been there, I have never seen Coach like that. We are a team and nothing is bigger than this team. I think we got to pick it up. I think we had a swagger and instead of going out and proving it every Sunday, we kind of let the people tell us this and tell us that. That is what he let us know. I think we proved it after being down and battling back. I think tonight was good for us."

On whether he thinks the team got Reid's message: "Yeah, real quickly."

On whether he thinks the team is set up for the final stretch of the regular season: "Yeah, we are ready. We are in a good situation, but these past few games are big for us and we will approach them the same way we approached tonight."

On his 40-yard gain in the 2nd half: "It was a screen. (QB) Mike (Vick) got it to me and the line got some good blocks. I saw some defenders coming. I made one guy miss and (WR Jeremy) Maclin made a good block."

On whether he is getting to the point where he believes he can always make guys miss in the open field: "It's a natural feeling. You see a guy and you know what you are going to do. You are just trying to get past them. All I need now is that extra burst to get me to that end zone."

On how he feels about the team after having a short week after a tough loss and tonight, coming back from a 2nd half deficit: "I think that this was a tough week. We had a short week and Andy got on us a bit to get our focus back. We came out tonight, got a lead and then went down. We battled back on both sides. We held them on defense and then went and put some points on the board. I think our mindset has changed a bit. I think we are confident, but we know we need to prove it. I think that is the message that Coach wanted us to get."

TE Brent Celek

On this game possibly being his best game of the year: "Listen, whatever I have to do to help this team win, that's what I'm going to do. If it's pass-blocking, run-blocking, catching the football, whatever it consists of I'm going to do it, because right now the feeling after winning is ultimately the best."

On what happened on the pass that fell incomplete in the first half: "I think I should have caught that. Going forward I got to dive out for that. Really I think I let my fingertips hit it. I need to see the replay, but it was something that, me, personally I need to catch that. I put that on myself and we're lucky we got the win, because that could have hurt us."

On the mentality of the team going into the fourth quarter: "It was almost like déjà vu, where they started coming back there and we were only getting field goals in the red zone, but ultimately, we were down in the second half, and as a team we fought back offensively, defensively, and on special teams. We played well in the end, we got the win and ultimately that's what counted."

FB Owen Schmitt

On the play in which he scored the first touchdown with the Eagles: "I was kind of free on that play. I just influenced the end and I was pretty much wide open. I got some help from "D-Jack" (WR DeSean Jackson) he set a natural pick on that. They (Houston's defense) were more focused on him I think. We got it done."

On the mentality of the team after Houston took the lead: "It just happens. You're not always going to be able to score on every drive. You want to, but that's just the game. We just had to overcome a couple bad drives. We did it. Players came up with big plays when needed to. We got some help from the replay officials.

On the excitement of scoring a touchdown: "I was just looking the ball all the way in. I wanted to catch it and make sure I didn't drop it. That was my biggest concern, just look the ball in and score."

LT Jason Peters

On whether he believes having knee surgery last year would have helped him: "No, I think I had a good year. I mean, I went to (the Pro Bowl). It was tough not getting past the Cowboys in the first round. I wish we could have gone further in the playoffs."

On whether this year feels different than last year: "There is chemistry this year. On offense we have so many weapons. We have to mess up for us to come off the field. That is what we have to fix during the week. If we don't mess up, we are going to be hard to beat."

On the chemistry within the locker room: "It's very important. As long as we keep defenders off of Mike (Vick), he is going to find open receivers. If not, he is going to take off running."

On how the offensive line will have to adjust if T Winston Justice won't be able to play next week: "We have (T) King Dunlap. We have backups that can be starters. He will step in and do what he needs to do."

On the challenge of blocking for Michael Vick: "We just have to keep blocking and keep moving our feet. There were a couple of times tonight that I wondered why the guy kept rushing, but I guess Mike still had the ball."

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