On paper, the Pittsburgh Steelers versus the Carolina Panthers was a mismatch. On the field, it was even more of a mismatch. The Thursday night NFL game turned into a laugher with the Steelers dominating the Panthers by a final score of 27-3. A fourth quarter field goal kept the Panthers from getting shutout.
Despite cold and windy conditions, Ben Roethlisberger was able to move the ball through the air for the Steelers. He finished with 320 passing yards, which included a 43-yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace. In the first half alone, Big Ben totaled a career-high 259 passing yards.
On the ground, Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman rushed 23 times for 108 yards and a touchdown. Roethlisberger added a one-yard touchdown run of his own.
With the win, the Steelers are 11-4 and have their eye on a first round bye. They finish off their season next Sunday with a game in Cleveland against the Browns.
As for the Panthers, a loss next Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons will give Carolina the first pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.