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.
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Newton, who looked as though he was playing through pain for part of
the night, departed the contest in the last quarter.
"At times we flashed, but more times we just looked out of sync,"
Newton said. "My hat goes off to the Steelers with their preparation
going into this."
The Steelers added Robert Golden's fumble recovery for a touchdown
and Blount's eight-yard touchdown run before Carolina's backup
quarterback Derek Anderson, who replaced Newton, completed a
touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin to complete the scoring.
Rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin was a lone bright spot for
Carolina (2-1), catching eight passes for 115 yards and a score.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Greg
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