Steelers dominate Carolina to record big win

Mon Sep 22, 2014 2:27am EDT
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(Reuters) - Pittsburgh's defense sucked the life out of previously unbeaten Carolina while Ben Roethlisberger passed for two touchdowns to help the Steelers record a 37-19 victory on Sunday.

The Steelers' defense forced their first two turnovers of the season while the offense gained 454 yards on the back of Roethlisberger's passes to Antonio Brown and running back Le'Veon Bell's 147 rushing yards.

LeGarrette Blount also ran for 118 yards for Pittsburgh as they established their ground game.

"We came out here and knew what we needed to do with our running game, and we got that done," Blount told reporters.

"I knew I was going to come in (and needed to produce).”

The Steelers were beaten 26-6 by Baltimore last week, but looked like a different team against the Panthers.

Pittsburgh grabbed a 9-3 halftime lead after three field goals from Shaun Suisham and broke the game open in the third quarter when Roethlisberger made both his touchdown passes to Brown to push the lead to 23-6.

Carolina quarterback Cam Newton threw for 250 yards and a fourth-quarter score in his second game back from a rib injury.

The Steelers then added Robert Golden's fumble recovery for a touchdown and LeGarrette Blount's eight-yard touchdown run before Carolina's backup quarterback Derek Anderson, who replaced Newton late in the final period, completed a touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin to complete the scoring.   Continued...

Sep 21, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws the ball during the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports - RTR475UA