8:20 PM ET, December 23, 2010
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
PITTSBURGH -- There was no drama, no surprises. The Pittsburgh Steelers are closing in on a division title and a bye in the first round of the playoffs, and the Carolina Panthers provided little resistance.Ben Roethlisberger showed off Pittsburgh's deep passing game and the Steelers cruised past the Panthers 27-3 on Thursday night.
• The Steelers have won four straight against the Panthers, outscoring them 124-40.
• Carolina has lost eight straight to AFC teams.
• Ben Roethlisberger set a career high with 259 first-half passing yards.
• The Steelers would clinch the AFC North with a Ravens loss on Sunday.
• Mike Tomlin got his 42nd win, sixth-most for a coach in his first four seasons since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970.
The Steelers scored three touchdowns after having only four on offense in their previous four games. ... Clausen, the rookie from Notre Dame, has two TD passes and eight interceptions. ... Roethlisberger is 12-1 at home against NFC teams. He has thrown one interception in six games. ... The Steelers have won after each of their four losses this season. ... Carolina avoided its first shutout since 2002 when John Kasay kicked a 27-yard field goal with 8:29 remaining. ... Suisham connected twice but missed for the first time in his 13 attempts this season.
|FG||3:51||Shaun Suisham 26 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 8 plays, 72 yds, 4:09
|TD||10:23||Mike Wallace 43 Yard Pass From Ben Roethlisberger (Shaun Suisham Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 58 yds, 1:29
|TD||2:00||Rashard Mendenhall 1 Yard Run (Shaun Suisham Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 72 yds, 4:42
|FG||0:42||Shaun Suisham 29 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 6 plays, 43 yds, 0:45
|TD||5:15||Ben Roethlisberger 1 Yard Run (Shaun Suisham Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 35 yds, 3:43
|FG||8:32||John Kasay 27 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 6 plays, 14 yds, 2:46