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Sanchez Confident Team Will Bounce Back

Quarterback Mark Sanchez addressed reporters after Sunday's loss to the Packers, and he answered his first question with a simple statement.

"Hats off, first of all, to the Packers," the quarterback said. "Outstanding in all phases.

"We did quite the opposite."

Sanchez wasn't there to tell the media that he and his teammates had played better than it appeared at first glance. He knew he made mistakes - two interceptions, two lost fumbles - as did his teammates.

But he wasn't going to single any player out, any facet of the game or any particular sequence as the cause. It was a group loss, a team loss, and that's the way he and the rest of the team were approaching it after the game.

"We just got out-executed," Sanchez explained. "Offense, defense, special teams, coaches. That was (head coach Chip Kelly)'s message after the game, that we're all-in on this."

More important to Sanchez than discussing the team's downfalls - the way the Eagles turned the ball over four times, or struggled to stop the Packers' high-flying passing game, or had a punt returned for a touchdown - was focusing on the way the team will rebound.

As a team.

"We're going to find out who we are, what kind of team we have," Sanchez said after the 33-point loss. "It's easy when you're on the other end of this thing, like we were last week; you're on national TV, everything's going great, you can't miss, you score a lot of points, defense and special teams score. That's fun, and that's easy.

"But now it's tough, and this is going to be a really good test for this team. I'm excited because I think we have the types of players who can bounce back from this."

Sanchez said that as the game continued to trend in the Packers' favor in the second half, he didn't see a single teammate give up on the game. He saw players in white jerseys and green pants continue to give their all for their teammates.

Wide receiver Jordan Matthews laid out for a tough catch late in the fourth quarter, knocking the wind out of himself after coming down with the ball, determined to not let his quarterback's well-placed ball go for naught. The special teams unit blocked a punt late in the game, not ready to relent in the face of what was at that point a certain loss.

It's that kind of never-quit attitude, Sanchez said, that makes him so confident in the ability of the entire team to come back this week, train hard and move on as a unit.

"I know for sure that this team won't quit," Sanchez said, "and that's going to be important, because down the stretch here we're going to need to fight to the finish and come back and get a great win next week."

The Eagles are in Green Bay to take on QB Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in a critical NFC showdown ...

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