Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski is really opening up the playbook in recent weeks.
A couple of weeks after the Panthers nearly scored on a throwback pass to Newton, the Panthers executed a flawless fumble-rooskie play on second-and-6 from the Texans' 7-yard line.
Newton took the snap, turned and stuck the ball between the back of fullback Richie Brockel's legs. The rookie grabbed it and bolted to the left side with Newton serving as a decoy running to the right side.
After the touchdown, cameras showed Rivera on the sidelines looking like a cat who just got the mouse.
"The offensive coaches have basically been working on different things and things that we can mix with what we do on offense," Rivera said. "I'm not sure which one of our guys came up with this one, but the timing of it was perfect."
BY THE NUMBERS: Newton threw two touchdown passes and was not intercepted on Sunday which gives him more touchdown passes than interceptions. That should help his bid to earn a spot on the NFC Pro Bowl team.
Newton was on his game Sunday, throwing his 16th and 17th passing touchdowns this season - the first on a 26-yard toss to receiver Steve Smith and another on a 9-yard touchdown strike to tight end Jeremy Shockey.
He did not run for a touchdown, leaving his season total at 13.
Last week Rivera said Newton was very deserving of making the Pro Bowl as a rookie.