Steelers Rout Panthers, 27-3

PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers took care of business, handily beating the Carolina Panthers, 27-3 Thursday night.

The Steelers were denied a shutout when Carolina’s John Kasay kicked a 27-yard field goal with 8:29 on the clock in the fourth quarter.

Ben Roethlisberger found Mike Wallace on a 43-yard scoring play and Emmanuel Sanders on a 35-yard completion to set up Rashard Mendenhall’s 1-yard touchdown run as the Steelers opened a 20-0 halftime lead.

“It was a read – they brought a blitz and Mike ran up through there and he takes off so fast,” Roethlisberger said.

It didn’t seem that close and it wasn’t, not with the Steelers outgaining the Panthers (2-13) by a more than 3-to-1 margin.

“We’re far from perfect, but we were good enough to win tonight,” Mike Tomlin said. “We’ll just continue to look at the areas where we fall short and hopefully improve.”

Roethlisberger got his nose bloodied again, but Tomlin said it wasn’t broken.

If Baltimore loses to Cleveland, the Steelers will win their division. If not, the Steelers will need to beat the Browns next week, but right now they are in control of their own destiny.

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  1. expittsburgh says:

    No, Steelers will not NEED to beat Cleveland if the Ravens beat Cleveland. In that situation we clinch the division IF we beat Cleveland OR if Baltimore loses to Cincy.

  2. john smith says:

    Therefore genius, I mean expittsburgh, pittsburgh has to beat cleveland

    1. expittsburgh says:

      Um no, not-so-genius- john smith. Pittsburgh can clinch by either 1) having Baltiimore lose to Cleveland OR if that doesn’t happen then Pittsburgh beats Cleveland OR Baltimore loses to Cincy. I’ll try to make it simple for you…if Baltimore loses to Cleveland, and Pgh loses to Clevelandwe are still AFC North champs if Baltimore loses to Cincy.

  3. HoneyL.mMalik says:

    I would like to know why didn’t they play like this against the Jets ! Troy we miss you & Aaron you are missed to & y-all get better & Prayers go up to God for healing. Merry CHRISTmas to Y-all!

  4. expittsburgh says:

    correction…if Baltimore beats Cleveland AND loses to Cincy then we do NOT need to beat Cleveland.

  5. DC SLIDEWAYS says:

    expittsburgh won’t be working for nasa anytime soon;might be qualified to feed the monkeys at the zoo with a plastic bucket though. i think u do have to beat cleveland;what moronic idiots would leave it up to another team to do it for them? take care of your own business then;no worries.

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