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Carolina Panthers' preseason ends with 33-17 loss

September 2, 2011

The Carolina Panthers wrapped up their 2011 NFL preseason Thursday, losing 33-17 to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Bank of America Stadium.

Panthers’ rookie quarterback Cam Newton played the first series for the Panthers (1-3), completing 3-of-5 passes for 25 yards and a 10-yard touchdown to tight end Jeremy Shockey.

Newton also had one rush — a 19-yard scramble in the first quarter.
Derek Anderson also got playing time at quarterback, ahead of Jimmy Clausen, who is nursing some injuries in last week’s game against Cincinnati.

Anderson made the most of his playing time by completing 11-of-19 passes for 192 yards and a touchdown. His biggest pass play came on a 41-yard pass to wide receiver David Clowney in the second quarter.

The biggest play of the first half was a 50-yard touchdown run by former Georgia Tech and current Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer. Carolina trailed 20-14 at the half.

Following Anderson’s exit, Clausen had limited play in the fourth quarter, going 7-of-17 for 87 yards and an interception.

Pittsburgh (3-1) added two field goals and a 15-yard touchdown pass from Dennis Dixon to Weslye Saunders in the second half to seal the win.

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