EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Pop culture and sports had a mash-up on Sunday as the Gangnam Style dance craze, made popular by South Korean singer Psy, made an appearance in the NFL.
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul saddled up his horse and went Gangnam Style after sacking Robert Griffin III early in the fourth quarter of the New York Giants' 27-23 victory over the Washington Redskins.
"Did you see me out there?" Pierre-Paul asked. "I was just looking at the video yesterday and it just stuck in my head."
"I didn't know what it was. I just thought it was a sack dance," Eli Manning said. "I'm always OK with guys celebrating. That means they are making plays. Whether it's on offense or defense, that means we are doing good things and that's all right by me."
The dance represented more than just Pierre-Paul's love for viral video. It marked a moment that the game became fun for him again. A few weeks ago, he said he wasn't having any fun because he didn't have many sacks and opposing blockers were keying in on him.
"Does anybody know what that dance was? The Gangnam Style," Tuck said. "I think he had a lot of fun today. I honestly think that whole 'not having fun' was blown out of proportion. It was good to see that he is starting to make the plays that we are accustomed to watching him make.
"Like I said, that guy, I think is going to change the league. If he continues to do what he is doing, he is going to be good for a long time."
Tuck also got in on the sack party with his first sack of the season. Although he didn't bust a move afterward, he did deliver a respectful bow to the crowd.
"It is good to get off the schneid with Osi [Umenyiora] and JPP killing me in the meeting room and calling me the old guy," Tuck said. "It was good to make a play and help this team win a football game."
Victor Cruz, the Giants player best known for a dance, says he is familiar with Gangnam Style. But he won't be abandoning his touchdown salsa anytime soon.
"I gotta go salsa," Cruz said. "I can't divert from that. But Gangnam Style is a good switch-up. I think it's something new that's catching on in the league."