Last year’s loss to the Saints wasn’t the last one before they went on their Super Bowl run.
It was just the worst.
Giants players winced this week recalling last year’s 49-24 thrashing at the hands of the Saints.
“It was definitely embarrassing,” wide receiver Victor Cruz said, via Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star-Ledger. “Whenever you get beat like that it’s never a good feeling. You never get a good taste in your mouth. But we knew we just had to keep pressing forward. We couldn’t dwell on it too much and we had to keep going. Look at the tape, correct our mistakes and keep pushing forward.
“So it definitely wasn’t a good feeling. Hopefully we can do something to change that this year.”
Defensive end Osi Umenyiora recalled going to get X-rays on his ankle, and coming back to find out the Saints scored “like four or five touchdowns in that span.”
Guard Chris Snee said he hadn’t even broken a sweat before the Saints had rolled to a huge lead.
That’s why motivation won’t be a problem this time through, such that they don’t develop a convenient case of amnesia beforehand.
“I want to forget about that game because they kicked the [crap] out of us,” defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said.
Considering their previous trip to the Superdome also resulted in a beatdown — a 48-27 loss which snapped their five game win streak to start the season in 2009 — the Giants are glad to be hosting this one in hopes of a new result.