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DE Justin Tuck

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On what the win meant to him:
"Obviously we feel good about the win, but we're not going to over-blow it. That's still a good football team and we're going to have to see them again, but for us right now it just means we're 2-1 and we've got a lot of momentum heading into week four."

On how his neck feels:"It felt well enough to finish the game."

On whether his neck problem is a reoccurrence:"Yeah, it's recurring. It keeps happening so I guess you can call it that."

On whether he is worried about staying on the field:"No. It's something I can play through and I will play through."

On the physical job they did on QB Michael Vick today:"That's one of our goals coming into today. Playing a guy like him, you know he can beat you with his arm and his legs, so basically you kind of pick and choose on certain play calls what you're going to allow him to do. I think we did a good job of staying in front of him and not really letting him get down the field like he has before. He made some first down runs there, but nothing long, and that was one of the keys with us. We didn't give up a lot of big plays and a lot of that in the past came from him running the ball first and us getting back on our heels and him having a lot of time to throw the ball, so I think we did a good job. Obviously we would like to have more sacks and things of that nature, but it really dictated us coming here and getting a win. I think the fact that we knocked him out of the football game tells a lot."

On whether he was surprised that they came out and ran the ball so much:"Absolutely. We know how talented [RB LeSean] McCoy is, and it surprised me they went to it as much as they did, but we weren't able to stop it there for a while. I guess he was the hot guy at the time."

On the bounce-back that CB Aaron Ross had this week:"Well we believe in Aaron. People don't understand how tough it is to play cornerback in this league, especially with what we want out of our corners. He's out there a lot on the island, and these guys get paid too, they're going to make plays, but today was just one of his days. He didn't let anything behind him, he didn't give up many big plays, and he made some big plays. Going up against the guys that he went up against today, I think it's going to be a tremendous confidence level for him and it's all about confidence out there on the island, and he did a great job for us today."

On what the difference was between the last game and this game in stopping the Eagles in short-yardage situations:"I don't know if it was anything with the scheme, I think it was just heart. Guys didn't want to let it happen and like you said, we did a great job on some fourth down stops, on some goal line stops, and that was the difference in the game. If they get touchdowns on those plays, those situations later in the game are completely different, and I think our defense did a great job with that. We got our offense the ball in some situations that they were able to get some points on the board. We played as a complete team today and that's how we like to win. It wasn't pretty but it was a big win for us."

On whether he was surprised that the Eagles went for it on fourth down:"Not really. I think [Head] Coach [Andy] Reid was trying to show confidence in his team. He believes in his team just like [Head] Coach [Tom] Coughlin in his. I'm glad he did, it gave us the opportunity to stop them and we did."

On whether they did anything differently to stop the Eagles from coming back this time:"I don't think we did anything differently, I think we just executed. That's a good football team. We did get out to a lead early, but coach was already saying that it was going to be a four quarter win for us, and we know that. These division games, they're always going to be these close games, regardless of who we play, it doesn't matter who's on the football field, it's such a great dislike for each other. It's just going to come down to the team that executes the best at the end and today we were blessed enough to be that team."

On whether he returned to the game from his injury because it was against the Eagles:"I've been hurt in the other games and came back in. I just thank God for giving me the opportunity to come back. Regardless of who the team is, I love to play the game and as long as I can do that I'm going to do it.

On whether this win helps ease the pain of last year:"I don't know, I haven't had the opportunity to think about it. If I had to answer that question I would probably say no. Last year was tough. Even though we are moving forward, and we got a big win today, that's just something that you'll never forget. That's going to be something that when I'm 50 I'm going to play it back and you're just going to grit your teeth."

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