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Eagles quotebook

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 1, 2001

Defensive end Hugh Douglas on his sack of Shaun King that caused the fumble that led to Philadelphia's first touchdown:

"I could already feel the momentum shifting to us, even though we trailed (3-0). Shaun patted the football a few times, holding it because our DBs were covering receivers so well. That play did seem to throw gasoline on our fire."

Quarterback Donovan McNabb on Tampa Bay's defensive tactics:

"They had a spy. I felt John Lynch was it sometimes. Other times, Derrick Brooks was sitting there, watching. When they do that, it makes one-on-one coverage for somebody. We had opportunities and kept moving the ball."

Coach Andy Reid on Eagles fans:

"They were unbelievable. A great atmosphere. They were wild but conducted themselves pretty good. Our stadium crew did wonders in removing all the snow from Saturday's storm, which helped ease some temptations maybe."

Reid on McNabb:

"Donovan stepped up. Here's a young man in his first playoff game. He showed great composure. Completions to 10 different receivers. He kept a terrific Tampa Bay defense off-balance."

McNabb on his use of short passes:

"I went through progressions. They were running up underneath our wide receivers, so running backs were open. Or maybe I would check down to a tight end. We love being the underdogs, love it when people think we can't handle a strong opponent."

Reid on scoring a touchdown on a two-minute drill just before halftime:

"That was really big. Scoring just before the half, it sticks a little knife into the opponent. It gives great momentum, which we maintained in the third period."

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