Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
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NEW ORLEANS ― The last time Eli Manning played at the Superdome, his Giants were throttled by the Saints.
That was two years ago and while it’s a new season with different players, Manning, a New Orleans native, remembers the game well.
“It was a couple of years ago,” Manning said Wednesday on a conference call with New Orleans media. “It’s a new season. They had a great day. It’s one of those days that haven’t happened against us many times.”
The Saints host the Giants on Monday night in only Manning's return to New Orleans.
The last time didn't go so well for the Newman grad.
The Saints broke to a 34-17 halftime lead and never let up, finishing with a 48-27 win.
Manning finished the game with a 61.0 quarterback rating, completing only 14 of 31 passes for 178 yards with an interception. He was also sacked once and fumbled the ball away to the Saints for another turnover.
“With our offense we really had opportunities in the game to hit some go routes,” Manning said. “I overthrew Steve Smith and I missed a post route. So there were opportunities to hit some big plays and to match them for a while we were just a little off. All of a sudden then the game got out of hand.
“We just have to know it’s a new season. We know they are a talented team but we feel we are talented also and that we can go in there and play a good game.”