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JPP sniffed out screen in the film room

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul dunks

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul dunks the football after he intercepted a pass by Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and returned it for a touchdown in the first half at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Oct. 28, 2012) Credit: MCT

Last week he celebrated by going Gangnam Style. This week Jason Pierre-Paul went with NBA style.

The Giants’ defensive end celebrated his 28-yard interception return for a touchdown by throwing down a tremendous slam dunk on the crossbar.

“It was just something I did,” he said when asked if the move was premeditated. “I didn’t know what to do when I was in the end zone, so I just did what everybody normally does. Some people get hung [up], you know what I’m saying? But I knew I could get up there.”

Pierre-Paul, who has been known to just back-flip from a standing position in practice sometimes, said he’d never tried to slam dunk a football. Getting up to the 10-foot height for a 278-pounder weighed down with football equipment is pretty impressive.

As for the play, a screen pass from Tony Romo that was hurried by pressure from Chris Canty, Pierre-Paul said he was able to sniff it out.

“That’s something I watched on film all this week,” he said. “I saw him back up and the running back was leaking out. So I was like I’m not going to go chase him, I’m not going to rush as hard. I was patient and I got the ball.”

JPP added that he “watched a lot of Tony Romo on film and every time he backs up and his shoulder drops and turns to the right, it’s going to be a screen.”

“He promised us one like that for about three years now, I promise,” Corey Webster said. “He’s always knocking the ball down, he’s always putting his hands up, so he was like, ‘I’m going to pick one off one day.’ (Sunday) was the day.”

Pierre-Paul caught the ball cleanly and went into the endzone untouched.

“It was something that once I got the ball, I was out of there, man,” he said. “I didn’t know who was behind me, but one thing coach preaches is always hold that ball high and tight and that’s what I did.”

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