Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Carolina Panthers

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CAR
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Game Information
Location: Bank of America Stadium Charlotte, North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Steelers rookie Joshua Dobbs promised his mother he'd score a touchdown and save her the football as a souvenir for her birthday.

He got her two.

Dobbs threw for one touchdown and ran for the winning score with 2 seconds left and the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Carolina Panthers 17-14 Thursday night in the preseason finale for both teams.

"I asked her what she wanted for her birthday and she told me, `I just want you to be safe and have a good game,' in that order," Dobbs said. "We did both today, so I will take that."

Dobbs led the Steelers 53 yards on five plays in just 43 seconds and scored on a 1-yard run on a roll out to the right.

Dobbs, the Steelers' third-string quarterback behind Ben Roethlisberger and Landry Jones, finished 16 of 23 for 212 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown pass to Justin Hunter.

Hunter entered the game battling with Sammie Coates for the sixth spot at wide receiver and had three catches for 75 yards. He showed a good burst of speed on a go-route down the right sideline, stretching his arms out to haul in a perfectly thrown pass for the score.

"I did some things well, but there are always things to improve on," Dobbs said.

Terrell Watson ran for 89 yards on 19 carries for the Steelers.

Damiere Byrd hauled in his third touchdown reception of the preseason - a 13-yard catch from Joe Webb - in the back of the end zone for the Panthers. Byrd continued to make his case as Carolina's fifth or sixth wide receiver. He had two TD catches in Carolina's preseason opener against the Houston Texans.

"As a receiver, those opportunities don't always come regardless of how much you play," Byrd said. "It's not up to you when you get the ball. Joe Webb made the call and had a great read. He put it up for me and I came down with it."

SITTING OUT: Steelers CB Joe Haden did not play one day after signing a three-year, $27 million free agent contract on Wednesday. Haden said after the game one of the reasons he signed with the Steelers was because he wanted a chance to win a Super Bowl.

HARRISON PLAYS: Steelers linebacker James Harrison, who hasn't practiced much this summer, played most of the first half for the Steelers and had a sack to end a second-quarter drive.

POCKET CHANGE: Panthers Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen has restructured his contract, which could allow him to make an additional $2 million this season if he reaches certain incentives.

INJURY UPDATE:

Steelers: Strong safety Jordan Dangerfield left the game in the first half with an ankle injury and did not return. ... Rookie CB Cameron Sutton injured his hamstring.

Panthers: Second-round pick WR Curtis Samuel left the game with an ankle injury. ... CB Teddy Williams injured his shoulder in the first quarter and did not return. ... CB Zack Sanchez, who is competing for the team's nickel back spot, left the game with a pulled groin.

FIELD WATCH: After a soaking all day rain and a full game, the Panthers grounds crew has plenty of work to do get this field in shape for the North Carolina State-South Carolina college football game here on Saturday.

COOL HAND LUKE: Panthers safety Cole Luke is on the outside looking in at the 53-man roster, but had quite a game with 10 tackles and a forced fumble that saved a potential touchdown.

QUOTABLE: "Honestly, I just want to help my team get the win tonight and I want to help the people back home in Houston. My only mindset was to try to score and put points on the board with the offense." Panthers RB Fozzy Whittaker, a Texas native, on his 4-yard touchdown.

UP NEXT:

Steelers: Open the regular season at Cleveland on Sept. 10.

Panthers: Open the regular season at San Francisco on Sept. 10.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Steelers Panthers
05:49 Fozzy Whittaker 4 yard TD run (Harrison Butker extra point is GOOD) 0 7

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Steelers Panthers
14:55 Chris Boswell 35 yard field goal 3 7
12:52 Justin Hunter 58 yard TD pass from Joshua Dobbs (Chris Boswell extra point is GOOD) 10 7
01:18 Damiere Byrd 13 yard TD pass from Joe Webb (Harrison Butker extra point is GOOD) 10 14

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Steelers Panthers
No scoring this quarter.

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Steelers Panthers
00:02 Joshua Dobbs 1 yard TD run (Chris Boswell extra point is GOOD) 17 14

Team Stats
  Pittsburgh Carolina
1st Downs 16 20
Total Yards 343 302
Passing 232 179
Passing Completions/Attempts 20-29 22-33
Yards/Pass 8.0 5.4
Rushing 111 123
Rushing Attempts 29 31
Yards/Rush 3.8 4.0
Turnovers 2 4
Fumbles Lost 1 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 3
Possession 26:05 33:30

Pittsburgh Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Joshua Dobbs 16 23 212 9.2 1 0
Landry Jones 4 6 28 4.7 0 1

Carolina Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Garrett Gilbert 12 17 99 5.8 0 1
Joe Webb 8 12 88 7.3 1 2
Derek Anderson 2 4 10 2.5 0 0

Pittsburgh Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Terrell Watson 19 89 4.7 0 12
Knile Davis 5 13 2.6 0 10
Joshua Dobbs 5 9 1.8 1 3

Carolina Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Cameron Artis-Payne 8 51 6.4 0 35
Jalen Simmons 15 47 3.1 0 12
Fozzy Whittaker 4 13 3.2 1 9
Darrel Young 3 11 3.7 0 4
Derek Anderson 1 1 1.0 0 1

Pittsburgh Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Marcus Tucker 5 83 16.6 0 34
Justin Hunter 3 75 25.0 1 58
Cobi Hamilton 3 42 14.0 0 31
David Johnson 1 18 18.0 0 18
Jake McGee 3 13 4.3 0 9
Eli Rogers 1 7 7.0 0 7
Terrell Watson 2 5 2.5 0 7
Darrius Heyward-Bey 1 2 2.0 0 2
Sammie Coates 0 0 0.0 0
Demarcus Ayers 0 0 0.0 0
Knile Davis 1 -5 -5.0 0 -5

Carolina Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Kaelin Clay 3 76 25.3 0 47
Chris Manhertz 5 42 8.4 0 17
Mose Frazier 4 29 7.2 0 10
Damiere Byrd 2 21 10.5 1 13
Jalen Simmons 4 11 2.8 0 4
Keyarris Garrett 1 7 7.0 0 7
Fozzy Whittaker 1 6 6.0 0 6
Curtis Samuel 2 5 2.5 0 5
Cameron Artis-Payne 0 0 0.0 0
Austin Duke 0 0 0.0 0
Russell Shepard 0 0 0.0 0

Pittsburgh Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Mike Hilton 4 0 1 7
Brian Allen 4 0 0 0
L.J. Fort 4 4 0 0
Tyler Matakevich 4 2 0 0
Farrington Huguenin 2 4 0 0
Keith Kelsey 2 2 0 0
Cameron Sutton 2 1 0 0
Terrish Webb 2 0 0 0
James Harrison 1 0 1 11
Tyson Alualu 1 3 0 0
Brandon Dixon 1 1 0 0
Malik Golden 1 2 0 0
Jacob Hagen 1 1 0 0
Javon Hargrave 1 2 0 0
Daniel McCullers 1 5 0 0
Arthur Moats 1 1 0 0
Coty Sensabaugh 1 0 0 0
James Conner 0 0 0 0
Knile Davis 0 0 0 0
Matt Galambos 0 2 0 0
Lavon Hooks 0 5 0 0
Chris Hubbard 0 0 0 0
Francis Kallon 0 1 0 0
Dashaun Phillips 0 1 0 0
Roy Philon 0 0 0 0
JaCorey Shepherd 0 1 0 0
JuJu Smith-Schuster 0 0 0 0
Marcus Tucker 0 0 0 0
Vince Williams 0 2 0 0

Carolina Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Cole Luke 6 4 0 0
Jeff Richards 4 0 0 0
Dezmen Southward 3 4 0 0
Larry Webster 2 3 1 8
Zeek Bigger 2 3 0 0
Jeremy Cash 2 2 0 0
Damian Parms 2 4 0 0
Teddy Williams 2 0 0 0
Ben Boulware 1 0 0 0
Bryan Cox Jr. 1 1 0 0
Ben Jacobs 1 5 0 0
Toby Johnson 1 1 0 0
Colin Jones 1 2 0 0
David Mayo 1 1 0 0
Arthur Miley 1 0 0 0
Zack Sanchez 1 3 0 0
Damiere Byrd 0 0 0 0
Eric Crume 0 1 0 0
Mose Frazier 0 0 0 0
TJ Graham 0 0 0 0

Pittsburgh Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Malik Golden 1 7 0
Matt Galambos 1 0 0
Jacob Hagen 1 0 0

Carolina Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
David Mayo 1 27 0

Pittsburgh Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
No kick return stats.

Carolina Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Curtis Samuel 1 34 34.0 0 34
Larry Webster 1 20 20.0 0 20
Kurt Coleman 1 17 17.0 0 17
Kaelin Clay 1 16 16.0 0 16

Pittsburgh Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Demarcus Ayers 2 34 17.0 0 20
Trey Williams 1 0 0.0 0 0

Carolina Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Kaelin Clay 1 17 17.0 0 17
Damiere Byrd 1 16 16.0 0 16
Austin Duke 1 3 3.0 0 3

Pittsburgh Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Chris Boswell 1 1 100.0 35

Carolina Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Graham Gano 0 1 0.0

Pittsburgh Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Jordan Berry 7 276 52

Carolina Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Michael Palardy 4 182 56
Andy Lee 2 95 49