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Shayne Graham can turn on highlight shows with his head high

New Orleans Saints' Shayne Graham celebrates after kicking

New Orleans Saints' Shayne Graham celebrates after kicking the game-winning field goal during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Philadelphia Eagles. (Jan. 4, 2014) Credit: AP

PHILADELPHIA - For Shayne Graham, the best part about Saturday night's 26-24 win over the Eagles is that he'll be able to watch the highlights on television.

The Saints kicker -- who booted four field goals, including the game-winning 32-yarder as time expired -- had spent most of this season in a self-imposed football exile. If he wasn't in the NFL, he decided, he wanted no part of it.

"You're hanging out on a Sunday and you go somewhere to dinner and you see a game on TV, you don't want to watch it because you're not playing," said Graham, who was signed by the Saints on Dec. 18. "When you finally get your opportunity, all of a sudden you can put SportsCenter back on, you can watch all the NFL you want, because you're once again in it and you don't have to resent it at all."

Graham said that when the Eagles came back to take the lead with 4:54 left, "all that looked like to me was an opportunity." The Saints drove 34 yards on 10 plays, converting a pair of third-and-1s, to set up the 32-yarder, the shortest of Graham's four kicks on the day.

"I didn't doubt it for a second, felt comfortable and confident," he said, "and luckily I got bombarded on the field after the play and it was a great feeling."

Vick done in Philly?

Michael Vick was the backup quarterback for the Eagles on Saturday night, but he doesn't plan to occupy that role again. When asked by reporters if he will be back in Philadelphia next season, Vick simply shook his head no.

"I'm still a starter,'' he said. "I'm not a backup quarterback.''

With Nick Foles emerging as the Eagles' quarterback of the future, that leaves Vick as their quarterback of the past. So was this his final game in an Eagles uniform?

Said Vick, "This very well could be."

Rematch requested

Running back Mark Ingram said the Saints have been eying a return to Seattle ever since they lost there to the Seahawks, 34-7, in Week 13.

"We got what we asked for," Ingram said. "It's going to be a fight. We're going to have to go out there and fight and play our best game."

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