Dwyer, Steelers top PanthersSep 2, 2011 - 5:34 AM Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Ben Roethlisberger wore a baseball cap. Rashard Mendenhall, Hines Ward and most of the Steelers starters joined him.
Jonathan Dwyer did his best to keep the wins, albeit of a preseason variety, coming. Dwyer busted off a 50-yard touchdown run as part of an 88-yard effort, leading Pittsburgh to a 33-17 victory over Carolina in the preseason finale for both teams.
Charlie Batch completed 6-of-8 passes for 59 yards in a starting role, while Dennis Dixon, who also has experience filling in for Roethlisberger, finished 11-of-22 for 157 yards and a touchdown. Emmanuel Sanders, slated as the slot receiver before injury kept him out nearly the entire preseason, played more than most key contributors, catching four passes for 60 yards.
Pittsburgh starts the regular season against Baltimore next Sunday in another edition of the AFC North's main rivalry.
Cam Newton played sparingly for the Panthers, finishing 3-of-5 for 25 yards and a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Shockey. The rookie was named the team's starting quarterback for the season opener against Arizona.
Mike Goodson ran for a team-best 31 yards in the loss.
Pittsburgh scored the game's final 13 points to pull away and finish off a 3-1 preseason.
- PITTSBURGH: 33
Sep 1 11:06 PM
- == Preseason == Pittsburgh Touchdown - 15-yard pass from Dennis Dixon to Mario Harvey. (Sway
Steelers 33, Panthers 17 4th - 13:56Sep 1 10:32 PM
- == Preseason == Pittsburgh Field Goal - 53-yarder by Swayze Waters.
Steelers 26, Panthers 17 4th - 14:54Sep 1 10:25 PM
- PITTSBURGH: 23
End of 3rd
Sep 1 10:23 PM
- == Preseason == Pittsburgh Field Goal - 22-yarder by Swayze Waters.
Steelers 23, Panthers 17 3rd - 3:28Sep 1 10:11 PM
- == Preseason == Carolina Field Goal - 20-yarder by Adi Kunalic.
Steelers 20, Panthers 17 3rd - 10:11Sep 1 9:57 PM
- PITTSBURGH: 20
Sep 1 9:37 PM
- == Preseason == Pittsburgh Field Goal - 31-yarder by Shaun Suisham.
Steelers 20, Panthers 14 2nd - 0:23Sep 1 9:34 PM
- == Preseason == Pittsburgh Field Goal - 52-yarder by Shaun Suisham.
Steelers 17, Panthers 14 2nd - 4:44Sep 1 9:21 PM
- == Preseason == Carolina Touchdown - 41-yard pass from Derek Anderson to David Clowney. (Adi
Steelers 14, Panthers 14 2nd - 6:56Sep 1 9:14 PM
- == Preseason == Pittsburgh Touchdown - 50-yard run by Jonathan Dwyer. (Shaun Suisham kick).
Steelers 14, Panthers 7 2nd - 8:40Sep 1 9:09 PM
- PITTSBURGH: 7
End of 1st
Sep 1 8:43 PM
- == Preseason == Carolina Touchdown - 10-yard pass from Cam Newton to Jeremy Shockey. (Olindo
Steelers 7, Panthers 7 1st - 6:07Sep 1 8:29 PM
- == Preseason == Pittsburgh Touchdown - Fumble recovery in endzone by David Johnson. (Shaun S
Steelers 7, Panthers 0 1st - 10:06Sep 1 8:19 PM
- PITTSBURGH: 0
1st Quarter - 15:00
Sep 1 8:08 PM
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