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December 23, 2010

At the half: Steelers 20, Panthers 0

    Pittsburgh blew a once-close game open in the second quarter, taking a 20-0 lead at halftime off the sharp passing of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

    The Steelers star is 16-of-23 for 259 yards, with a 121.5 passer rating in the first half.

    The Panthers actually had a chance to kick a game-tying field goal on the first play of the second quarter, but went for it on fourth-and-5 at the Steelers 32. That kind of set the stage for the deluge.

    Roethlisberger found tight end Heath Miller at his leisure, and hit  wideout Mike Wallace for a 43-yard touchdown. On that one, the speedy Wallace found a seam in the Panthers defense and ran untouched into the end zone, flipping the ball casually over the goal post.

    Rashard Mendenhall plunged in from a yard out just before halftime to push the lead to 17-0, and Shaun Suisham added a 29-yard field goal after a quick three-and-out.

    The Panthers then gave them another chance when Mike Goodson fumbled the ensuing kickoff, setting up another Suisham field goal.

    The Panthers were running well at times, but Jimmy Clausen offered up a deep interception, and hasn't gotten much going against Pittsburgh's third-ranked defense. He's 7-of-15 for 55 yards with the pick (28.5 rating).
-- Darin Gantt

Posted by Observer Sports on December 23, 2010 at 10:04 PM | Permalink

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