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Jose Yau, AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) pressured by New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during the Second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec.11, 2011, in Arlington, Texas.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Comparisons to Jevon Kearse, nicknamed "The Freak," were frequent when the New York Giants drafted Jason Pierre-Paul last year.

Now, the second-year defensive end is playing a lot like Kearse, and he's doing it off his natural ability more than anything.

Pierre-Paul has 12 1/2 sacks among his 61 tackles, and comes off his most impactful performance. He was so dangerous against Dallas last Sunday night that the Cowboys took to double-teaming him on nearly every play, yet Pierre-Paul had eight tackles, a forced fumble, two sacks — one for a safety — and, for good measure, blocked a final-seconds field goal that could have tied the game.