Steelers take on Panthers in Carolina

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 STEELERS at PANTHERS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2009 KICKOFF IS AT 8:00 P.M. BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM

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Steelers (2-1) vs. Panthers (0-3)
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Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) at Carolina Panthers (0-3)

Date: Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009
Kickoff: 8 p.m., ET
Site: Bank of America Stadium (73,504) • Charlotte, N.C.
Playing Surface: Natural Grass
TV Coverage: KDKA-TV (locally, Channel 2) FSN Pittsburgh (simulcast)
Announcers: Bob Pompeani (play-by-play) Edmund Nelson (color analyst) Jeff Verszyla (sideline)
Local Radio: Steelers Radio Network WDVE-FM (102.5)/WBGG-AM (970)
Announcers: Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play) Tunch Ilkin (color analyst) Craig Wolfley (sideline)
Spanish Radio: Grupo Radio Acir
 
 
**A Look at the Coaches


*Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin

Overall Regular-season Record: 22-10 (.688)/second season
Regular-season Record at Pittsburgh: 22-10 (.688)/second season
Playoff Record/Years: 3-1/two years
 
Carolina Panthers Head Coach John Fox
Overall Regular-season Record: 63-49 (.563)/eighth season
Regular-season Record at Carolina: 63-49 (.563)/eighth season
Playoff Record/Years: 5-3/three years
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Series History


*Series History
: Series began in 1996
Overall: Pittsburgh leads 3-1
At Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh leads 2-0
At Carolina: Series tied 1-1
Neutral Sites: n/a
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Dec. 17, 2006 (in Carolina)
Pittsburgh 37, Carolina 3
Postseason Series: n/a
Preseason Series: Pittsburgh leads 6-4
*(preseason record not included in overall series record)

Pittsburgh is 6-4 all-time in the preseason versus the Carolina Panthers, including a 3-2 record in Carolina...the Steelers have won two straight preseason games against the Panthers, and three of the last four...Pittsburgh defeated the Panthers, 19-16, on Aug. 28, 2008 at Heinz Field on a 43-yard field goal by K Jeff Reed as time expired...the Steelers trounced the Panthers, 19-3, behind four Reed field goals in their last preseason matchup at Carolina on Aug. 30, 2007...Pittsburgh has won two straight preseason games in Carolina...the Steelers have won three straight regular season matchups versus the Panthers after dropping the first ever meeting between the two teams, 18-14, in the season-finale of the 1996 season...Pittsburgh defeated the Panthers, 37-3, at Bank of America Stadium on Dec. 17, 2006 behind 132 rushing yards and one touchdown from RB Willie Parker.
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Steelers-Panthers Connections

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*Steelers-Panthers Connections: Several Steelers have ties to the Panthers and the Charlotte area. K Jeff Reed(Charlotte), RB Willie Parker(Clinton) and LS Greg Warren(Goldsboro) all played at North Carolina and also hail from the Tar Heel state.

Panthers with connections to the Steelers and Pittsburgh include Head Coach John Fox, who coached with the Steelers from 1989-91 and the University of Pittsburgh from 1986-88. Special teams coach Danny Crossmanplayed defensive back at University of Pittsburgh from 1987-89. OG C.J. Davisand OT Jeff Otahplayed for Pitt while LB Dan Connerand OT Gerald Cadogan played at Penn State. OG Keydrick Vincentwas signed by the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2001 and played in Pittsburgh from 2001-04. LB Mortty Ivyplayed at West Virginia.

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