Pierce: Birds are not this year's Giants

"I won’t know anything about any team until February 1st or 2nd," said Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce (58).

Giants middle linebacker Antonio Pierce was not buying into the notion that this year's Eagles are just like last year's Giants -- a team that went on the road and won in the postseason and had to face the top seed in the second round. Not unless the Eagles win the Super Bowl.

After asking a reporter what the date was to emphasize his point, Pierce said, "I won’t know anything about any team until February 1st or 2nd. So you can’t call any team – you can’t be called the NY Giants of 2007, any other team can’t because that team won the Super Bowl."

Pierce added that this year's Giants team has something last year's version lacked. 

"The psyche of the team this year is a group that understands what it takes to win the championship," he said. "We have 35 or 40 players that were on this team last year, coaching staff, front office, everybody. They know what it takes to win the championship. So what we have this year is experience. And that is what we are going to use this Sunday."


The Giants had their entire team on the practice field for the first time since Oct. 3. Defensive end Justin Tuck (leg injury) and longsnapper Zak DeOssie (shoulder) were limited. Since the injury about three weeks ago, Tuck's practice time has been cut, but he has played most of each game.

Asked how much the injury affected Tuck, coach Tom Coughlin said, "That is just speculation. Everybody at this time of the year, after they have come through 16 games, everybody has something. But it has limited his practice time from time to time."