P.S--next time in that situation late in the game--kick a field goal...please.
Why kick a FG?
If they do, then the Panthers put Steve Smith back to return it, Longwell does a short kickoff and the Panthers have it at their 40 or so, minimum.
Or, they miss the FG and give the Panthers an extra 7 yards following the turnover of possession.
OR, the FG is BLOCKED and the Panthers do something nasty with it - like take it back.
I, for one, am perfectly happy and content with that coaching decision.