By STEVE REEDCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski has a bag full of tricks and he's not afraid to use them -- even if it means borrowing a play from a kids' movie.
With Cam Newton under center, Chudzinski is finding fun news ways to use the talented rookie's athleticism to his advantage.
The latest twist was borrowing a hidden-ball trick very loosely adapted from a play called "the annexation of Puerto Rico" from the 1994 movie the Little Giants to help the Panthers beat the Texans 28-13. The play resulted in a 7-yard touchdown run by fullback Richie Brockel and landed the Panthers on highlight reels across the country.
And it had the Texans chasing an empty-handed Newton, who sold the play perfectly.
"Cam's ability to run and throw, it just adds another dimension," coach Ron Rivera said. "It has been kind of neat to see the different things we've been able to do with him over the course of the season and show he's an integral part of what we are...