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August 30, 2012

Steelers 10, Panthers 3, halftime


 PITTSBURGH -- If the Panthers are going to end the preseason with a bang, they're going to have to do something different in the second half.

   In a flat, sloppy game, the Panthers trail Pittsburgh 10-3 at halftime at Heinz Field in the final preseason game for both teams.

   To no one's surprise, the Panthers didn't play many of their starters as they look toward their Sept. 9 regular-season opener at Tampa. 

   No offensive starter played and more than half of the defensive starters didn't play against the Steelers. Head coach Ron Rivera had hinted prior to the game that the starters wouldn't play.

   Pittsburgh took a similar approach with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on the sideline with most of the Steelers starters.

   It wasn't a pretty first half for the Panthers, who made mistakes and gave up big plays. The game started with Panthers linebacker Jordan Senn getting called for a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty on Pittsburgh quarterback Charlie Batch. 

    Shortly thereafter, Batch threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders for a 7-0 lead before the game was three minutes old.

   The Steelers pushed the lead to 10-0 on a 49-yard Scott Suisham field goal late in the first quarter. The Panthers finally scored with a 31-yard Justin Medlock field goal midway through the second quarter to cut the deficit to 10-3.

   Twice the Panthers' special teams were bailed out by penalty flags after allowing Pittsburgh rookie Chris Rainey to go 78 and 90 yards for apparent touchdowns on punt returns. 

-- Ron Green Jr.

Posted by Observer Sports on August 30, 2012 at 08:27 PM | Permalink


After 3 quarters, tied at 10. Armanti has 15 minutes of fame left.

Posted by: Cats of Charlotte | Aug 30, 2012 9:29:51 PM

Good game. Even though they lost, we could have easily went for the tie. I like Rivera's mindset to try to get the win. Also allowed for our new kicker to get a chance to be tested under pressure. Lastly, I have to say I thought this was Clausen's best outing - even if it was against third string. The catch and TD by Bryant was sweet! Go Panthers!

Posted by: jwallace | Aug 30, 2012 10:36:57 PM

And they make the fans pay for this?

Posted by: Allen Cameron | Aug 30, 2012 10:58:53 PM

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