From the Panthers blurb on the new SBN power rankings:
4. Carolina Panthers
Going for it on fourth down? That's fine and good, but not really special. Taking a tactical false start so that speed burner Ted Ginn would have room to catch a game-winning 25-yard TD? That's some advanced stuff, there - Ron Rivera is playing chess while everyone else plays checkers. Of course, it helps that Cam Newton is playing great ball and making poised, accurate throws while the Panthers defense mauls just about everyone they see. Stevan Ridley's goal line fumble might have been a key to their victory, but to the victors go the spoils - and the coveted #4 spot in the Power Rankings. (Last Week: 6)
Did anyone else see this? Is there a team source that indicated as much? I watched the post-game presser and his press conference yesterday and don't remember this being mentioned. Nor do I remember reading it elsewhere. I've heard of taking penalties to give your kicker a better angle or your punter more room, but never this. If confirmed, RR truly is playing chess.
All I remember thinking at the time Bell got the penalty was "Fuging Byron Bell."