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What went right, wrong at Carolina

Posted Aug 31, 2017

The highs and lows of the Steelers preseason finale at the Carolina Panthers.

The highs and lows of the Steelers preseason Week 4 game at the Carolina Panthers.

7:30 p.m. ET - Kickoff

7:40 p.m. ET - What went wrong: On a third-and-3 on the game’s first possession, Landry Jones completed a crossing route to Darrius Heyward-Bey, but he was tackled before he could gain the necessary yardage for the first down. Then on the ensuing punt, Damiere Byrd returned it 16 yards and there was another 15 tacked on for a late hit out of bounds that was attributed to Malik Golden.

7:47 p.m. ET - What went right: The Steelers defense turned in a very nice series the first time Carolina got the ball. Tackles by Javon Hargrave on first down and Tyson Alualu on second down prevented the Panthers from gaining anything on consecutive running plays. On third down, Bud Dupree beat the right tackle with an outside rush and forced an incomplete pass that forced the Panthers to punt.

7:51 p.m. ET - What went wrong: The first turnover of the game came on the Steelers’ second possession. After gaining one first down, Landry Jones’ pass was intercepted by linebacker David Mayo and returned 27 yards to the Pittsburgh 30-yard line.

7:57 p.m. ET - What went wrong: The Panthers capitalized on the interception for the game’s first touchdown, which came on a 4-yard run by Fozzy Whittaker. Carolina converted two third downs on the series – the first on a sneak by QB Derek Anderson and the second on a pass from Anderson to Cameron Artis-Payne.

8:09 p.m. ET - End of 1st Quarter: Panthers 7, Steelers 0

8:15 p.m. ET - What went right: At the end of the first quarter, Terrell Watson had 62 yards from scrimmage -- 55 yards rushing on 10 carries and one catch for 7 yards. On the first play of the second quarter, Chris Boswell’s 35-yard field goal cut the Carolina lead to 7-3.

8:18 p.m. ET - What went right: On a third-and-9 on the Carolina possession following the Boswell field goal, James Harrison sacked Joe Webb for a 10-yard loss and Carolina had to punt from its own 10-yard line.

8:23 p.m. ET - What went right: On the Steelers first play of the following offensive series, Josh Dobbs connected with Justin Hunter for a 58-yard touchdown play that gave the Steelers a 10-7 lead following Chris Boswell’s extra point. On the play, Hunter beat CB Cole Luke down the right sideline, and Dobbs laid the ball out in front of the receiver, who reached out and caught the ball inside the 15-yard line and then completed the touchdown play. There was 12:52 left in the second quarter.

8:25 p.m. ET - What went right: On the kickoff following Hunter’s touchdown catch, Carolina’s Curtis Samuel returned it 34 yards and seemed as though he had a chance to go 102 yards for a tochdown before James Conner tripped him up. Instead Carolina started at its 32-yard line.

8:49 p.m. ET - What went wrong: The Panthers got themselves into the red zone at the two-minute warning of the first half with a 47-yard completion from Joe Webb to Kaelin Clay. Cam Sutton appeared to be in coverage on the play, with Malik Golden coming over from his safety position. The play gave the Panthers a first down at the Steelers 11-yard line.

8:55 p.m. ET - What went wrong: Carolina capitalized on the long completion with a touchdown that came on a 13-yard pass from Webb to Damiere Byrd. In the area at the time of the completion were Brian Allen and Jacob Hagen. The touchdown came with 1:18 left in the first half and gave the Panthers a 14-10 lead.

9:01 p.m. ET - Halftime: Panthers 14, Steelers 10

9:28 p.m. ET - What went right: On the first possession of the second half, Malik Golden intercepted a pass intended for Keyarris Garrett on the Carolina 21-yard line, but in the process of returning it 7 yards Golden injured a groin and was lost for the rest of the game. The Steelers ended up with no points on the possession, after Terrell Watson was stopped for no gain on a fourth-and-1.

9:32 p.m. ET - What went wrong: With 5:58 left in the third quarter, it was announced that Cam Sutton had injured his right hamstring and would not return to the game.

9:39 p.m. ET - What went right: With 81 seconds left in the third quarter, Greg Gilbert completed a short pass to running back Jalen Simmons, and then safety Terrish Webb came up and delivered a hit that forced a fumble that L.J. Fort recovered to give the Steelers the ball at the Carolina 47-yard line.

9:49 p.m. ET - End of 3rd Quarter: Panthers 14, Steelers 10

10:00 p.m. ET - What went right: The Steelers came up with their fourth takeaway of the game when Greg Gilbert’s pass was batted into the air by defensive end Roy Philon, and inside linebacker Matt Galambos made a diving interception to give the offense possession at the Pittsburgh 44-yard line.

10:32 p.m. ET - Final Score: Steelers 17, Panthers 14

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