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Eli Manning talked about the upcoming game against NFC East rival Philadelphia:

"Any time you play a division game, it's always important and the Eagles, we know they're a very good team, a lot of talent - offense and defense. We just have to make sure we have a great week of preparation, be as mentally and physically ready as possible and go out there and we have to play a great game. But that's what we're getting ready for."Antrel Rolle was also asked about what it's like playing the Eagles:

"There's nothing like it. It's going to be a great show. For the two times I've played them since I've been here, they've been miraculous shows and went down to the wire. Hopefully it doesn't go down to the wire again this year, but it's going to be a great game. It's always going to be a great game. You have two great, competitive teams playing against each other, and may the best man win."Mathias Kiwanuka elaborated on the importance of building on that first win:

"I think it was important for us to get a win. Not just because of this (week's opponent), but because it was the home opener and we started off on the wrong foot. So I think it's something for us to build on and go forward."Kiwanuka then answered questions on why the rivalry stands the test of time:

"I think we're two teams that are kind of throwbacks to old teams, two teams that have been around for a long time and play within close proximity. So you get a part of New Jersey where fans can go either way, and it kind of breathes a little bit of fire into the rivalry. In terms of on the field, I just think that having two teams playing this close, playing in the same division, that have been in positions to kill the other team's season – it just makes it tougher. It's week three, but we know that our postseason could come down to this game right here. And they know the same thing."Zak DeOssie spoke about how you handle last year's loss to the Eagles:

"You try to learn from the past, but at the same time you can't live in it. You try and move on. Whatever happened last year is what happened. You learn from it, and then you try to focus on how you can get better the following game."

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