On 2nd-and-6 from from just inside the Texans’ 7-yard line, Carolina dialed up a play that was made famous by the Little Giants film and the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the 1984 Orange Bowl national championship game.
Cam Newton faked a run to the right and sold it very well, having nearly every member of the defense commit to stopping him, as they must do when he’s in the red zone.
Little used backup TE/FB Richie Brockel was the beneficiary of this distraction, picking up the ball and chugging in for a score to the left, going untouched by the shell-shocked defense.
Can you blame them for being fooled?
The Panthers were already up 14-0 when they ran the play and everyone thought Newton, who has run for 13 touchdowns this season, would be the one attempting to punch it in.
No one expected Brockel, who has one reception for five yards on the year and no carries, to be holding the ball after the snap. He is primarily a blocker when in the game and was the perfect player to run this trickery through.
Newton’s amazing season is now allowing for other players on team to contribute scores instead of hogging them all himself. This kind of stinks for fantasy owners, but is awesome news for Carolina fans.
The Panthers would go on to win 28-13, thanks in no small part to the fumblerooski.