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The Carolina Panthers (2-1) are hosting Pittsburgh Steelers (0-3) in the NFL preseason finale for both squads.
This is the 11th straight season that the Steelers and Panthers have met in the preseason finale.
Pittsburgh wins toss, defers to second half
Travelle Wharton getting his first action on the offensive line after being signed earlier this week by the Panthers. Carolina's Derek Anderson starting at quarterback with most of the second string in to start tonight's contest.
Panthers march 80 yards in six plays on their first drive, capped by a 35-yard pass from Anderson to Tedd Ginn, Jr. for the touchdown. After Gano's extra point, Carolin leads Pittsburgh, 7-0, with 12:03 left in the first quarter.
Anderson completes all four of his passes on the opening drive for 76 yards.
Pittsburgh starts at its own 20 yard line after Gano's kick sails into the end zone. The Steelers match their counterparts in eight plays by going 80 yards in 3:37, capping the drive on a 13-yard touchdown pass from rookie quarterback Landry Jones to tight end David Paulson.
Panthers are not so lucky in their second drive, going three-and-out. After a return by wideout Justin Brown, the Steelers start at their own 30-yard line.
INJURY UPDATE: Steelers fullback Will Johnson injured his hamstring in Pittsburgh's opening drive. He will not return tonight.
Pittsburgh also goes three-and-out on its second drive, prompting a Brian Moorman punting. Carolina takes over at its own 30.
Both teams trading possession as the first quarter continues to wind down. Pittsburgh takes over after a Carolina punt at its own 22 with 5:09 left in the opening stanza.
Neither team can get its offense going. Pittsburgh punts for the second-straight time in as many possession. Carolina takes over at its own 20 with 1:53 left in the first quarter.
The Panthers break both team's streak of no first downs on a run by Tauren Poole. The first quarter comes to a close.
END OF FIRST QUARTER - CAROLINA 7, PITTSBURGH 7
Wide receiver Domenik Hixon catches his first pass as a Panther on a 23-yard pass from Anderson to start the quarter.
Carolina marches into the red zone, appearing to cap the drive on a one-yard touchdown run by Armond Smith. The play is spotted at the one-yard line.
Panthers head coach Ron Rivera challenges the ruling that Smith did not cross the plain of the end zone. It is upheld by officials. Carolina is charged with a timeout.
Pittsburgh defense holds on third down at the Panthers one-yard line. Gano connects on a 19-yard field to cap Carolina's 14-play, 79-yard drive in 7:35. The Panthers led the Steelers, 10-7, with 9:18 left in the first half.
The Steelers try to break their offensive slump with their first possession of the second quarter at the 20-yard line. On 3rd down and 5, Jones finds Derek Moye on a 32-yard pass to take Pittsburgh into Carolina territory.
Failing to score, Pittsburgh punts down to the Carolina 12-yard line.
Anderson connects on his second touchdown pass with Ginn over the middle of the field, going 87 yards for the score. After the extra point, Carolina extends its leads to 17-7.
Pittsburgh looks like it will answer Carolina's score, but stalls near midfield. The Panthers take over at their own 9 with Jimmy Clausen now in at quarterback.
INJURY REPORT: Panthers safety D.J. Campbell suffered a leg injury. He will not return.
Pinned deep in its own territory, Carolina is forced to punt after Pittsburgh uses its timeouts to save clock. The Steelers start at the Panther 45 with 1:34 left until halftime.
Pittsburgh drives and gets a Suisham 36-yard field goal before the break.
The score caps an eight-play, 26-yard drive in 1:30.
Carolina carries a seven-point lead into the locker room.
HALFTIME: CAROLINA 17, PITTSBURGH 7
Jones still in at quarterback to start the second half for Pittsburgh.
INJURY REPORT: Panthers wide receiver David Gettis injured his hamstring in the first half. He will not return to tonight's game.
Pittsburgh punts after its opening drive of the second half stalls. Carolina takes over at its own 19.
Jimmy Clausen in at quarterback for the Panthers. Derek Anderson's day is done after completing 10-of-15 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns. Clausen's third down pass to Brenton Bersin incomplete. Carolina punts to the Pittsburgh 34.
Both teams trade possessions. The Steelers punt to the Panthers, but the ball hits Carolina linebacker Ben Jacobs in the ankle. It is recovered by Pittburgh's Greg Warren.
The Steelers look to be in business, but Landry Jones is intercepted by cornerback Josh Norman, who returns the ball to the Carolina Panther 22-yard line.
The Panthers are unable to capitalize and avoid a near fumble by Clausen during the drive. Gano connects on a 40-yard field goal to make the score 20-10 in favor of Carolina.
Pittsburgh takes over at its own 20 trying to put together its first successful touchdown scoring since the first quarter.
Jones with his second interception in as many trips. He is picked off by Colin Jones, who returns it to the Carolina 22. The Panthers run one play before the third quarter comes to a close.
END OF THIRD QUARTER: CAROLINA 20, PITTSBURGH 10
Clausen nearly fumbles again deep in Carolina territory, and the Panthers cannot punch it in the end zone. Gano connects on his third field goal of the contest â€”Â this time from 23 yards out. The score completes a seven-play, 17-yard drive in 3:46.
Pittsburgh once again struggling to get anything going and is forced to punt again. Panthers take over at their own 34 with 10:41 left in the contest.
Carolina punts deep into Pittsburgh territory. Steelers kick returner Reggie Dunn is tackled by Mario Addison in the end zone after running backwards. Carolina records a safety and increases its lead to 25-10 with 8:36 to go.
The Panthers eating some clock now and giving Smith some handoffs. Carolina punts back to Pittsburgh. Steelers still struggling to get something going.
Pittsburgh gets one final drive, but Colin Jones gets his second interception to seal Carolina's victory.
FINAL SCORE: CAROLINA 25, PITTSBURGH 10