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Jason Pierre-Paul on why Saints ran up score on Giants last year: ‘I wasn’t here’

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Many NFL fans are clamoring for a repeat performance on Sunday of last season’s shootout between the New York Giants and New Orleans Saints. Eli Manning put up a superb performance, but Drew Brees’ record-breaking seven touchdown passes and 505 yards passing led the Saints to a wild 52-49 victory.

But don’t expect history to repeat itself, at least for the Saints this weekend, so says Jason Pierre-Paul. Why? Because unlike last year, he’ll be playing in this game.

“I wasn’t here last year,” Pierre-Paul said, via the New York Post. “It’s a big difference.”

Pierre-Paul of course had not yet returned for the Week 8 showdown after suffering near-catastrophic injuries to his hand in a Fourth of July fireworks accident, although he did return the following week.

Brees was hardly touched and wasn’t sacked once as he laid waste to the Giants defense in last season’s match-up at the Superdome. Pierre-Paul believes mistakes played a huge role in surrendering 52 points.

“I watched the film,” Pierre-Paul said, via NJ.com. “You learn from it. A couple of mistakes were made. You can always learn from your mistakes.  Guys learn from it and move on. They have to come in here Sunday. You move on. We’re going to be pumped up for it. I know I’m pumped up for it. Even the coaches and the fans. We’re going to give them what they want.”

Making Brees uncomfortable in the pocket would be a good start for a Giants defense that was one of the worst against the pass last season. But Pierre-Paul knows it will take much more than that to get Brees off his game.

“You can’t get frustrated at times,” he said. “We know he’s going to get the ball off very quick. … We just have to get there.”

The Giants invested heavily on the defensive side of the football via the draft and free agency. The case can be made that the debacle against the Saints was a huge motivating factor. But Pierre-Paul believes his presence alone will go a long way in helping the Giants avoid another Brees-spawned nightmare.