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NFL Capsule: Panthers at Steelers

- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 22, 2010

OPENING LINE _ Steelers by 5 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD _ Carolina 4-10, Pittsburgh 7-6-1

SERIES RECORD _ Steelers lead 3-1

LAST MEETING _ Steelers beat Panthers 37-3, Dec. 17, 2006

LAST WEEK _ Panthers beat Cardinals 19-12; Steelers lost to Jets 22-17

PANTHERS OFFENSE _ OVERALL (32), RUSH (12), PASS (32)

PANTHERS DEFENSE _ OVERALL (12), RUSH (23), PASS (8)

STEELERS OFFENSE _ OVERALL (19), RUSH (8), PASS (18)

STEELERS DEFENSE _ OVERALL (3), RUSH (1), PASS (24)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES _ Carolina is playing in Pittsburgh for second time this year. Panthers lost 19-3 in preseason game on Sept. 2, when Steelers QB Byron Leftwich _ expected to replace Ben Roethlisberger during his suspension _ injured knee. That forced Steelers to start Dennis Dixon and Charlie Batch at QB during Roethlisberger's four-game absence. Leftwich is healthy but still has not played this season. ... Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart is averaging 115 yards and 5.9 yards per carry in his last four games, with Carolina averaging 167.8 yards rushing as a team during that stretch. Stewart is trying for his third consecutive game of 130 yards-plus. Pittsburgh allows league-low 63.4 yards rushing, and has permitted one 100-yard rusher in 48 games. ... Carolina DE Charles Johnson has six sacks in five games, with at least one in each game. ... Carolina CB Chris Gamble needs one interception to match Eric Davis for club record with 25 in career. ... Carolina is 0-6 on road, with four double-digit losses. ... Panthers rookie QB Jimmy Clausen has two TD passes and seven interceptions. ... Panthers K John Kasay is seventh in NFL history with 431 field goals and is eighth with 1,816 points. ... Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has been sacked 15 times in four games. Roethlisberger is 11-1 at home against NFC teams. ... Pittsburgh is 6-1 at home vs. NFC under coach Mike Tomlin. ... Steelers LB James Farrior has sack in four of five games. ... Pittsburgh has won 22 of its last 27 against NFC, dating to 2003. ... Steelers are playing third home game in 12 days. They beat Cincinnati 23-7 on Dec. 12 before losing to Jets on Sunday. ... Steelers K Shaun Suisham is 11-for-11 in field goals since being signed Nov. 16 to replace Jeff Reed. Suisham has made his last 15 from 40-49 yards, dating to last season with Washington.

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