The All-Pro cornerback was bothered by a hip injury in practice this week and listed as questionable. He appeared to aggravate the injury earlier in the second quarter and had to leave the game, but he returned on the next possession to make the big play.
The interception was Samuel's sixth of his postseason career, moving him into a tie with Ty Law for second all-time, behind safety Rodney Harrison's seven.
After spending his first five seasons with New England, Samuel signed a six-year, $57 million contract with $20 million guaranteed with the Eagles during the offseason.
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