Series History: Steelers vs. Panthers

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Series History: Series began in 1996Overall Regular Season: Steelers lead 4-1Streak: Steelers have won last fourAt Pittsburgh: Steelers lead 3-0At Carolina: Tied, 1-1Neutral Sites: n/aLast Regular-Season Meeting: Dec. 23, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh 27, Carolina 3Postseason Series: n/a
Last Postseason Meeting: n/a

(preseason and postseason record not included in overall series record)

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers will meet for the sixth time in a regular season series that began in 1996...the two teams will square off in a primetime game for the second time in the series, with Pittsburgh defeating Carolina 27-3 on a Sunday night contest on December 23, 2010, at home...Pittsburgh has won each of its previous four gams versus Carolina...the Steelers have outscored the Panthers by a combined 138-58 the series.

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Last Time vs. CarolinaPittsburgh 27, Carolina 3Dec. 23, 2010Heinz Field (61,748)

The Pittsburgh Steelers moved one step closer to winning the AFC North with a dominating 27-3 victory over the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field. The Steelers improved to 11-4 on the season while the Panthers fell to 2-13.

The Steelers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on their first drive of the game as K Shaun Suisham connected on a 26-yard field goal with 3:47 left in the first quarter. The Steelers added to that lead early in the second quarter when QB Ben Roethlisberger found WR Mike Wallace for a 43-yard touchdown strike.

It was Wallace's team-leading ninth touchdown of the season and it marked the seventh time in team history that the duo has combined for a touchdown of at least 40 yards, tying the team record with Bubby Brister and Louis Lipps. Wallace finished the game with 104 yards receiving with one touchdown, his sixth 100-yard receiving game of the season, tying him for second-most in team history with Yancey Thigpen (1997).

The Steelers took a 17-0 lead with 1:54 remaining in the first half as RB Rashard Mendenhall scored on a one-yard touchdown run, his team-leading 11th rushing touchdown of the season. His 11 rushing touchdowns are tied for the fourth-most in team history for a single season.

Suisham added a 29-yard field goal with 39 seconds left in the first half to put the Steelers up 20-0 at halftime. Roethlisberger gave the Steelers their final score in the third quarter as he rushed for a one-yard touchdown, his second of the season and 14th of his career. Roethlisberger finished the game 22-of-32 for 320 yards with one touchdown pass, one rushing  touchdown and no interceptions.

K John Kasay's 27-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter prevented the shutout and made it 27-3, the eventual final score. The three points though were the lowest the Steelers had allowed all season. The Steelers finished with 408 yards of total offense (115 rushing, 293 passing) while the defense held the Panthers to a season-low 119 yards (74 rushing, 45 passing), had four sacks and forced two turnovers.

GAME SUMMARY

1 2 3 4 TOTAL
Panthers (2-13) 0 0 0 3 3
STEELERS (11-4) 3 17 7 0 27

SCORING SUMMARY

TEAM Q TIME PLAY DRIVE SCORE
PIT 1 3:47 Suisham 26-Yd. FG 8-72; 4:09 3-0
PIT 2 10:16 Wallace 43-yd. pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick)     3-58; 1:29 10-0
PIT 2 1:54 Mendenhall 1-yd. run (Suisham kick) 8-72; 4:42 17-0
PIT 2 0:39 Suisham 29-yd. FG 6-43; 0:47 20-0
PIT 3 5:05 Roethlisberger (Suisham kick) 7-35; 3:43 27-0
CAR 4 8:29 Kasay 27-yd. FG 6-14; 2:46 27-3

TEAM STATISTICS

Panthers Steelers
1st Downs 7 (4-3-0) 22 (6-14-2)
3rd Downs 3-13 (23%) 4-12 (33%)
4th Downs 0-1 (0%) 0-1 (0%)
Total Net Yards     119 408
Plays-Avg. 49-2.4 68-6.0
Rushing Yards 74 115
Rush Att.-Avg. 22-3.4 33-3.5
Passing Yards 45 293
Att.-Comp.-Int. 23-10-1 32-22-0
Sacks By 3-27 4-27
Punts-Avg. 8-34.0 3-45.3
Penalties 6-62 4-40
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-2
Time of Poss. 24:36 35:24

Highlight photos from the last regular season match up between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Carolina Panthers in 2010. The Steelers defeated the Panthers 27-3.

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