NFL Preseason Preview - Pittsburgh (0-3) at Carolina (2-1) (ET)

The Sports NetworkAugust 27, 2013 

The Carolina Panthers will close the preseason Thursday night by hosting the winless Pittsburgh Steelers at Bank of America Stadium.

It will be the second straight AFC North match-up for Carolina, which upended reigning Super Bowl champion Baltimore 34-27 last week in the Charm City.

Ted Ginn Jr. ran back a punt 74 yards for a score and the Panthers added three defensive touchdowns in that one. Drayton Florence and D.J. Moore each ran back interceptions for scores, while Thomas Davis pounced on a fumble for a touchdown.

Cam Newton finished 10-of-19 for 99 yards through the air for the Panthers.

"I don't know if I've ever seen a game go quite like that," said Panthers head coach Ron Rivera. "We got in a lot of good work defensively, but the result was a limited the number of opportunities on offense."

The Steelers, meanwhile, dropped their third straight contest in the 2013 preseason last week when Chase Daniel hooked up with Rico Richardson for a 15- yard touchdown on the first possession of overtime to lift the Kansas City Chiefs to a 26-20 victory over Pittsburgh at Heinz Field.

Ben Roethlisberger passed for 166 yards and a touchdown on 13-of-19 passes while playing the entire first half under center for the Steelers. Backup Brad Gradkowski went 8-of-17 for 115 yards and a score.

The Panthers and Steelers are matching up for the 11th consecutive year in the preseason finale. Pittsburgh leads the all-time preseason series 10-4.

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