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Disappointments meet as Panthers host Steelers

Dec 17, 2006 - 3:13 PM Pittsburgh (6-7) at Carolina (6-7) Sunday 1:00 pm EST

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers came close to meeting in Super Bowl XL last February.

Heading into Sunday's matchup, the Steelers and Panthers both have slim playoff hopes.

Last season, the Steelers won the Super Bowl while the Panthers lost in the NFC championship game. That led to predictions that the clubs could meet in Miami for Super Bowl XLI.

But both the Steelers and Panthers enter this contest among the biggest disappoinments in the league.

Pittsburgh is two games behind Cincinnati and Jacksonville in the AFC wild-card race. Carolina is one game back of the New York Giants, Philadelphia and Atlanta in the NFC wild-card race, but would lose most tiebreakers.

Some of the Steelers' struggles could be attributed to the inconsistency of Ben Roethlisberger, who leads the league with 20 interceptions.

Carolina also has had inconsistent play at quarterback with Jake Delhomme, who has thrown for 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Delhomme missed last Sunday's 27-13 home loss to the New York Giants with a right thumb injury. He is questionable for this contest.

Chris Weinke started against the Giants, completing 34-of-61 passes for a franchise-record 423 yards and a touchdown with three interceptions.

Willie Parker rushed for a franchise-record 223 yards and a touchdown as the Steelers posted a 27-7 victory over Cleveland last Thursday. Pittsburgh has won four of its last five games.

This game is a homecoming of sorts for Parker, who played collegiately at North Carolina. He was signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2004.

Pittsburgh is making its first visit to Carolina since 1996.








  • NFL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    PITTSBURGH 0 17 10 10 37
    CAROLINA 0 3 0 0 3 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NONE
    2ND QUARTER: PIT - TD, BEN ROETHLISBERGER 1 YD RUN (JEFF
    REED KICK), 0:05. Drive: 9 plays,
    63 yards in 3:13. Key plays:
    Roethlisberger 9-yard pass to Ward
    on 3rd-and-4 to Carolina 48;


    Dec 17 4:04 PM


  • NFL
    FG PIT
    JEFF REED 36 YD
    PITTSBURGH 37
    CAROLINA 3 4:01 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Steelers vs. PanthersDec 17 3:46 PM


  • NFL
    TD PIT
    SANTONIO HOLMES 65 YD PUNT RETURN
    (JEFF REED KICK)
    PITTSBURGH 34
    CAROLINA 3 14:27 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Steelers vs. PanthersDec 17 3:27 PM


  • NFL
    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    PITTSBURGH 0 17 10 27
    CAROLINA 0 3 0 3 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NONE
    2ND QUARTER: PIT - TD, BEN ROETHLISBERGER 1 YD RUN (JEFF
    REED KICK), 0:05. Drive: 9 plays,
    63 yards in 3:13. Key plays:
    Roethlisberger 9-yard pass to Ward
    on 3rd-and-4 to Carolin

    Dec 17 3:22 PM


  • NFL
    TD PIT
    WILLIE PARKER 41 YD RUN
    (JEFF REED KICK)
    PITTSBURGH 27
    CAROLINA 3 0:13 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Steelers vs. PanthersDec 17 3:18 PM


  • NFL
    FG PIT
    JEFF REED 45 YD
    PITTSBURGH 20
    CAROLINA 3 4:40 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Steelers vs. PanthersDec 17 3:04 PM


  • NFL
    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    PITTSBURGH 0 17 17
    CAROLINA 0 3 3 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NONE
    2ND QUARTER: PIT - TD, BEN ROETHLISBERGER 1 YD RUN (JEFF
    REED KICK), 0:05. Drive: 9 plays,
    63 yards in 3:13. Key plays:
    Roethlisberger 9-yard pass to Ward
    on 3rd-and-4 to Carolina 48

    Dec 17 2:31 PM


  • NFL
    FG CAR
    JOHN KASAY 37 YD
    PITTSBURGH 17
    CAROLINA 3 0:04 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Steelers vs. PanthersDec 17 2:28 PM


  • NFL
    TD PIT
    NAJEH DAVENPORT 13 YD PASS FROM BEN ROETHLISBERGER
    (JEFF REED KICK)
    PITTSBURGH 17
    CAROLINA 0 1:54 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Steelers vs. PanthersDec 17 2:21 PM


  • NFL
    FG PIT
    JEFF REED 19 YD
    PITTSBURGH 10
    CAROLINA 0 4:25 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Steelers vs. PanthersDec 17 2:09 PM


  • NFL
    TD PIT
    BEN ROETHLISBERGER 1 YD RUN
    (JEFF REED KICK)
    PITTSBURGH 7
    CAROLINA 0 14:55 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Steelers vs. PanthersDec 17 1:42 PM


  • NFL
    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    PITTSBURGH 0 0
    CAROLINA 0 0 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NONE

    Dec 17 1:38 PM