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What Went Right, What Went Wrong

What went right, wrong at Panthers

COIN TOSS: Steelers win the toss and elect to receive

7:49 p.m. – What Went Right: With the Panthers starting offense on the field and the Steelers countering with reserves on defense, Carolina drove from its 20-yard line to the Steelers 20-yard line but ended up with nothing to show for it. Sam Darnold completed 7-of-9 for 41 yards on the drive, but it all came down to a fourth-and-2 from the Pittsburgh 20-yard line. Darnold got flushed out of the pocket quickly and was being chased to the sideline by Isaiahh Loudermilk. Darnold's throw was into double coverage and was incomplete.

8:02 p.m. – What Went Wrong: On their second possession, the Panthers again moved into Steelers territory, but when Carolina faced a fourth-and-short this time, Coach Matt Ruhle elected to settle for a field goal attempt rather than go for the first down. Ryan Santoso's 52-yard attempt hit the upright and bounced over the crossbar for a 3-0 Carolina lead with 43 seconds left in the first quarter.

8:07 p.m. – What Went Wrong: On the first two offensive series for the Steelers, they went three-and-out, and then on their third possession things got worse. Dwayne Haskins pass into the flat on first down was high and behind Derek Watt, who got a hand on the ball only to tip it into the air where it was intercepted by linebacker Brian Burns at the Pittsburgh 25-yard line.

FIRST QUARTER: Panthers 3, Steelers 0

Game action photos from the Week 3 preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium

8:16 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers used their pass rush to escape problems following the turnover. Jamir Jones sacked Sam Darnold on first down from the Steelers 25-yard line, and then after an incomplete pass, Chris Wormley hit Darnold as he as trying to release the ball to force another incompletion. Joey Slye's 49-yard field goal attempt was wide right.

8:32 p.m. – What Went Wrong: It began on a third-and-2 at the Carolina 38-yard line when Sam Darnold threw over the middle and Tre Norwood dropped a potential interception that hit him right in the chest. Then on the ensuing punt, Mathew Sexton let the ball bounce in front of him and when he tried to pick up the ball, it slipped through his hands and the muff was recovered by Carolina at the Pittsburgh 15-yard line. Two plays later, a wide receiver screen to Terrace Marshall covered 13 yards for the touchdown. After the PAT, Carolina's lead was 10-0 with 8:24 left in the first half.

8:56 p.m. – What Went Wrong: Sam Darnold looked like the high first-round pick he was during a 12-play, 84-yard touchdown drive that upped the Panthers lead to 17-0 with 24 seconds left in the first half. Darnold completed 7-of-8 for 68 yards, including a back-shoulder completion to Robby Anderson for the touchdown.

9:15 p.m. – What Went Wrong: Coach Mike Tomlin termed his team's play in the first half as "junior varsity across the board," and the defense certainly lived down to the description on the first possession of the second half. The Panthers drove 76 yards in five plays to take a 24-0 lead on a 20-yard run by Spencer Brown with 14:12 remaining in the third quarter. The final three plays of the five-play drive were a 24-yard pass from P.J. Walker to Tommy Tremble, a 21-yard completion to Tremble, and then Brown's 20-yard run for the touchdown.

9:47 p.m. – What Went Right: It took almost three full quarters for the Steelers to get on the scoreboard, and it happened via a 52-yard field goal by Chris Boswell that capped a 10-play, 50-yard drive. That drive also included the Steelers' first third-down conversion of the game, and Joshua Dobbs converted it himself with a 12-yard scramble on a third-and-8. It was Carolina 24, Steelers 3, with 1:38 left in the third quarter.

THIRD QUARTER: Panthers 24, Steelers 3

10:06 p.m. – What Went Wrong: Another three-and-out by the Steelers offense led to a punt and good field position for Carolina, and the Panthers took advantage with a four-play, 59-yard drive that was capped by a 24-yard scramble by quarterback Will Grier for a 31-3 Panthers lead with 11:26 left in the fourth quarter.

10:41 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers got into the end zone with 57 seconds left in the fourth quarter, but when it happened was the definition of garbage time. On the drive, Dwayne Haskins, who had come into the game because Joshua Dobbs was injured and couldn't return, completed 4-of-4 for 70 yards, including a short pass to Ray-Ray McCloud, who completed the play with a run into the end zone for the 22-yard score.

FINAL SCORE: Panthers 34, Steelers 9