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Statement Game? Maybe Not, But It's A 60-Minute Win

The Eagles entered the bye week on the heels of a tough loss at the hands of the Titans, one in which the Eagles led by nine points in the fourth quarter.

The Eagles were faced with that same exact scenario Sunday against the Colts, but this time came out with a 26-24 win. What was the difference?

"Those are tough losses and I'm proud of the guys for bouncing back and putting their heart and soul into this one along with the coaches," head coach Andy Reid said. "You see it throughout the league that those types of losses can rip your heart out and stifle you a little bit and that didn't happen.

"We knew against a good football team like that, an explosive team like that, you really have to maintain the intensity through the four quarters. Somebody had to step up and make plays and guys did that."

Michael Vick's 1-yard touchdown run with 13:47 left gave the Eagles a 26-17 lead. The Colts scored on a Javarris James 1-yard run with 1:50 remaining in the game to pull within two points. The Eagles had a chance to ice the game, but on third-and-2 right guard Nick Cole - who was in for an injured Max Jean-Gilles - committed a false start penalty. On third-and-7, Vick tried to scramble for the first down but didn't gain a yard.

The Colts got the ball with 40 seconds left, but quarterback Peyton Manning's third-down pass for Blair White was intercepted by Asante Samuel, who netted his second pick of the game.

The Eagles are now 5-3 and have a Monday night showdown with the Redskins in Landover, Md. on Nov. 15. The Eagles also remained one game behind the New York Giants, who routed Seattle on Sunday.

"As far as signature win, I'm not sure about that. That's deep stuff," Reid said. "We have a lot of games left. We're sitting at the halfway point. Next Monday will be an important game too."

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 8:50 p.m., November 7

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