PANTHERS LOSE 30-14

The Panthers two game winning streak ends Sunday with a loss to the Steelers.

Pittsburg, PA- Well it looks like the Panthers two game winning streak has come to an end. The Panthers lost on Sunday to the Steelers 30-14.

The Steelers forced four Panthers turnovers, and head coach John Fox know that his team can't do that and expect to win.

"You can't do that against a playoff caliber team in their place,'' John Fox said.

Pittsburgh didn't score a touchdown without help after its opening possession, when Tommy Maddox led a 77-yard drive ended by his 11-yard touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress. Burress made six catches for 120 yards after dropping a half-dozen passes against Houston.

Steelers quarterback Tommy Maddox, went 20-33 for 209 yards one touchdown and one interception.

The Panthers quarterback wheren't very effective, Rodney Peete started but sat out the second quarter after being shaken up on a touchdown pass to RB Dee Brown, so Chris Weinke got a shot and was ineffective going 3 for 7 for 14 and throwing one interception. Peete went 14 for 112 and threw a touchdown.

The Panthers couldn't run the ball and WR Muhsin Muhammad was their leading rusher with 20 yards on one carry. Dee Brown was ineffective with only 19 yards rushing but only carried the ball 8 time but did score a touchdown.

The Steeler defense was the story of the game a week after limiting Houston to 47 yards -- the fewest ever in the NFL by a winning team -- the Steelers were even better in the first half, holding the Panthers to zero yards, 6 yards rushing and minus-6 passing. All of Carolina's 131 yards came in the second half.

"They didn't hold Houston to 47 yards because Houston's bad,'' Carolina quarterback Rodney Peete said. "They get after you.''

The touchdown proved big when the Panthers put together their only sustained scoring drive -- a bizarre one that included three coaches' challenges on as many plays before Brown scored from the 1 to cut the Steelers' lead to 20-14.

But just when the Panthers were back in the game, Peete fumbled while being sacked and Aaron Smith recovered, and the Steelers turned that into Bettis' second scoring run, an 8-yarder, and the game was over at that point.


Panther Insider Top Stories