Pittsburgh 27, Carolina 3

Thursday, December 23, 2010 8:20 PM
WHEN: 8:20 PM EST, Thursday, December 23, 2010
WHERE: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TEMPERATURE: 27°
HEAD OFFICIAL: Bill Leavy
ATTENDANCE: 61748

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Carolina 0 0 0 3 3
Pittsburgh 3 17 7 0 27

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Carolina 2-13 2-6 0-7 L1
Pittsburgh 11-4 5-3 6-1 W1

Recap

Ben Roethlisberger threw for one touchdown and ran for another as the Pittsburgh Steelers inched closer to a division title by routing the visiting Carolina Panthers 27-3 on Thursday night.

Roethlisberger threw for 320 yards on 22-of-32 passing and Mike Wallace had four receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown as the Steelers moved one-half game ahead of Baltimore atop the AFC North.

The Steelers (11-4) will win the division and secure the No. 2 seed and a first-round playoff bye if the Ravens lose at Cleveland on Sunday. Even if Baltimore wins Sunday, Pittsburgh will win the AFC North and earn a bye if it wins at Cleveland in the regular-season finale.

Following a slow start, the Steelers put the game away with a 17-point second quarter to take a 20-0 halftime lead.

Roethlisberger connected with Mike Wallace on a 43-yard scoring strike early in the second quarter and Rashard Mendenhall plowed in from 1 yard out late in the half. Mendenhall ran for 65 yards on 18 carries.

The Panthers (2-13), who are the league's lowest-scoring team, averted a shutout on John Kasay's 27-yard field goal with 8:29 to play.

Rookie Jimmy Clausen finished 10 of 23 for 72 yards and an interception. He was sacked three times.

After moving the ball fairly decently on its first two possessions, Carolina's punchless offense ground to a halt in the middle two quarters.

The Panthers ran just 16 plays on six possessions, with one interception followed by five consecutive three-and-outs.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Carolina   Pittsburgh
Jonathan Stewart Player Rashard Mendenhall
18 Attempts 18
71 Yards 65
3.9 Avg Yards 3.6
0 Touchdowns 1
12 Long 35
Receiving
Carolina   Pittsburgh
Mike Goodson Player Mike Wallace
2 Receptions 4
23 Yards 104
11.5 Avg Yards 26.0
0 Touchdowns 1
15 Long 43

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Carolina 119 74 45 0 1 0 3.0 0
Pittsburgh 408 115 293 3 2 1 4.0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Pittsburgh will play their next game on the road against Cleveland. The Steelers have a W/L % of .733 after a win and .733 after a loss.
  • Carolina will play their next game on the road against Atlanta. The Panthers have a W/L % of .133 after a win and .133 after a loss.
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