What do we take away from Carolina's final exhibition?
The second-team offense played well. Most of the first team offense rested.
Derek Anderson was 10 of 15 for 220 yards and two touchdowns. He scrambled once for nine yards. He was never sacked.
So the offensive line gave Anderson time to pass and Tauren Poole room to move. Poole rushed for 27 yards on six carries. He averaged 4.5 yards. For this preseason, that's very good work.
Anderson's receivers got open and made Pittsburgh pay for it. Ted Ginn Jr. caught five passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns. The first touchdown, on Carolina's first drive, was 35 yards, the second touchdown 87.
Anderson threw the ball so far on the second touchdown pass it looked as if he might hit a fan. But Ginn ran it down beautifully. You think he's fast. He's faster. The last time a Panther ran like that was Steve Smith.
Josh Norman intercepted yet another pass, his fourth of the preseason, returning it 70 yards. Safety Colin Jones intercepted two.
The Panthers won 25-10 and for the first time in franchise history finish the preseason 3-1. The record is their best since 2006, when they went 4-0 (and finished the real season 8-8).
There's only one message here, and it's a great one.
The next time Carolina plays at Bank of America Stadium, the game will count.