Michael Vick met the media this week to talk all things Eagles vs Giants and re-live some unpleasant memories of the 2004 NFC Championship game.
On playing in a game with the division championship possibly on the line:
"We all know the magnitude of the game. We know it's a big one. Where else would you want to be? What other position would you want to be in? [We're] playing against a good team, so we're going to have to be at our best. We're going to need each and every day this week, as far as our preparation and getting to play a good football game. Come Sunday, it's going to have to be lights out on both sides."
On how much he is looking forward to playing better against the Giants defense:
"We watched the film. I've watched it over and over again on things that they did. If it worked for them I would expect them to do it again, but we won't be surprised if they don't. We just have to go out and execute our game plan, take care of our assignments and responsibilities, and make plays at the end of the day."
On what makes the Giants so good at getting to the quarterback:
"Obviously, they've got a great front four. [DE Justin] Tuck and [DE] Osi [Umenyiora] and [DT] Barry Cofield-those guys do a great job in getting to the quarterback and getting after him. And they've also got [DE Jason] Pierre-Paul and some other guys who fill in, so [it is] a very tight-knit group, very strong and always willing to enforce their will."
On whether he looks forward to the challenge of playing in the adverse conditions this Sunday:
"I think after being out here for two years, the cold weather doesn't bother me anymore. Our last three games have been well under 40 degrees, so I'm getting used to it. We practice in it. Doesn't seem to bother me. I'm getting used to throwing a hard ball, which is the way the ball is going to be in the cold weather. So, you just have to block out the elements and just go play football. Once you get out there, you warm up, anyway."
On what has changed in his game the past few weeks:
"Just trying to stay consistent in the passing game. I've got great receivers and a lot of talent on this offense, and guys are uncovering downfield at a high rate, so I try to make sure that I'm on time, get the ball out of my hands on time consistently, and try to make the plays we put ourselves in position to make. And I think it's important that we do that and it's going to be very vital this week."
On whether he has worked on throwing the ball on the run in recent weeks:
"I've gotten a lot better throwing the ball on the run. Here, I just try to make sure I'm as accurate as can be, and put our receivers in the best position to get yards after the catch. Like I said, they do a great job of uncovering, they do a great job of finding holes and lanes in the defense-and making the plays when we need them. I think it's important that I'm accurate when I'm outside of the pocket, and whether I'm inside the pocket."
On what it's like to see newly-acquired DE Derrick Burgess, who sacked him twice in the 2004 NFC Championship, in the locker room:
"You know what? I haven't even seen Derrick, which is ironic. I know he's somewhere in here, but he gave me hell in that championship game, I'll never forget. He's a good player. Hopefully he'll come here energized, fired up and ready to go. We're going to need him."
On the team's margin of error down the stretch when considering tiebreakers:
"We just have to focus on what we do. We can't focus on anybody else. We control our own destiny, which is important. Who cares about what else is going on around the league? It's important, but as long as we take care of our own responsibilities, we'll be alright."