There were horrendous mistakes Sunday -- Carolina's mismanagement of time at the end of the first half, breakdowns in the secondary, fumbles and penalties, so many penalties.
But Ron Rivera's decision to punt on fourth and a yard was not one of them. Most coaches would do what he did. Atlanta, as you know, had no timeouts.
Rivera is getting killed for the decision. Had he elected to go for the first down, and failed, he would have been butchered even worse.