The return of Steelers football may have finally happened Sunday night, as Pittsburgh ran over, around and through the vaunted Panthers defense in a 37-19 victory.
Running back Le'Veon Bell ran for 147 yards and Pittsburgh outrushed the Panthers 264-42. His biggest play came in the third quarter in the form of an 81-yard run that helped break the backs of Carolina.
LeGarrette Blount ran for 118 yards, marking the first time since 1986 the Steelers have had two 100-yard rushers in a game.
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Ben Roethlisberger finished 22 of 30 for 196 yards, and Brown had 90 yards receiving on 10 catches to help the Steelers (2-1) snap Carolina's regular-season home winning streak at eight.
The Steelers had gone eight quarters without a touchdown before Roethlisberger's two scoring strikes in the third. They were set up by Cam Newton's fumble and Bell's 81-yard run.
The Steelers lost defensive starters Ike Taylor, Ryan Shazier and Jarvis Jones to injuries. Taylor has a broken right forearm, while the others will be reevaluated Monday.
Other than that, Pittsburgh now looks like a formidable opponent again for the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North.