1:00 PM ET, December 17, 2006
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- It may be too late, but the Pittsburgh Steelers are finally playing like last season's Super Bowl team.Willie Parker rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown and Ben Roethlisberger threw for a score and ran for another to lead Pittsburgh past the Carolina Panthers 37-3 on Sunday, delighting the thousands of their loyal fans who turned Bank of America Stadium into a virtual Steelers home game.
Simply put, the Steelers dominated every phase of this football game and took the fight out of the Carolina Panthers. Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt's game plan was to pound the rock with RB Willie Parker (above) to set up the play-action pass. QB Ben Roethlisberger continues to play with a lot of poise.
Defensively, the Steelers shutdown the Panthers' running game while attacking the pocket with multiple-zone pressure that disrupted QB Chris Weinke. Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau loaded up the box while being physical on the outside. His disguises on the back end in coverage never allowed Weinke to find any consistent rhythm.
The Steelers have won 11 of 12 games against NFC teams. ... Panthers tight end Kris Mangum (hip) and running back Nick Goings (shoulder) did not play. ... Steelers S Troy Polamalu (knee) sat out his third straight game.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.6||4.4|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||2-4||0-2|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||1||0|
|TD||15:00||Ben Roethlisberger, 1 yd run (Jeff Reed kick is good)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 63 yds, 3:13
|FG||4:29||Jeff Reed 19 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 13 plays, 84 yds, 5:47
|TD||2:00||Najeh Davenport, 13 yd pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Jeff Reed kick is good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 10 yds, 1:01
|FG||0:07||John Kasay 37 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 8 plays, 52 yds, 1:50
|FG||4:45||Jeff Reed 45 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 12 plays, 63 yds, 7:49
|TD||0:20||Willie Parker, 41 yd run (Jeff Reed kick is good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 67 yds, 3:56
|TD||14:44||Santonio Holmes, 65 yd punt return (Jeff Reed kick is good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, -6 yds, 0:46
|FG||4:05||Jeff Reed 26 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 13 plays, 32 yds, 9:20