Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers 9/21/14 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Pittsburgh Steelers 37, Carolina Panthers 19
September 21, 2014
Finishing up the Sunday festivities in Week 3 we had a pretty interesting matchup between the Steelers and the Panthers. Pittsburgh was coming off an ugly loss to the Ravens all the way back on September 11, while Carolina dominated the Lions in Week 2.
Let’s take a closer look at the statistics and key players from this one so that we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll look ahead to Week 4 so that we can see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: The Steelers didn’t have a whole lot of trouble with the Panthers overall, but things were interesting in the first half. Carolina struck first with a field goal, but Pittsburgh matched that feat with one of their own as time ran down to make it 3-3 heading into the second quarter.
As halftime approached, Shaun Suisham posted two more boots to give the Steelers a 9-3 edge as the teams went into the locker room.
The Steelers really turned it on in the third, starting with a 7-yard TD catch. He’d get another later in the period, book ending a Carolina field goal for a 23-6 edge going into the fourth.
The Panthers showed some life with a 37-yard Greg Olsen pass from Cam Newton, but Robert Golden recovered a fumble in the end zone for a 30-13 edge. LeGarrette Blount would add an 8-yard TD before Kelvin Benjamin scored a cosmetic touchdown in the waning minutes.
When the final horn blew, the Steelers had a 37-19 win and a 2-1 record so far this year. It was Pittsburgh’s most impressive all-around game so far.
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The Stars: The Steelers running game was working overtime in this one, with their lead backs accounting for 265 yards on the ground. Le’Veon Bell had 157 total yards and Blount added 118 with the score. Antonio Brown proved once again he’s one of the best in the league with 10 grabs for 90 yards and two touchdowns.
On the other side, Kelvin Benjamin had another nice outing with 115 yards on eight grabs with a touchdown.
The Goats: The Carolina running game--in sharp contrast--was pretty much nonexistent. Jonathan Stewart, Mike Tolbert and Cam Newton combined for just 42 yards on only 10 attempts throughout the game. The two lost fumbles didn’t help either.
Pittsburgh had 11 penalties for 91 yards and Carolina managed seven for 105 of their own.
Injuries: Newton took a shot in the knees and was limping for a while but said after the game that he’s okay. Pittsburgh lost Ryan Shazier, Jarvis Jones and Ike Taylor to separate injuries.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 4, the Panthers will be hitting the road to visit the Ravens in Baltimore (Sunday, September 28; 1:00 PM ET on CBS).
Meanwhile, the Steelers will play host to the Buccaneers (Sunday, September 28; 1:00 PM ET on FOX).
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