The Carolina Panthers topped the Pittsburgh Steelers 25-10 in Thursday's preseason finale at Bank of America Stadium.
Both teams primarily played backups while most of the starters, including Cam Newton and Ben Roethlisberger, began resting up for the regular-season opener.
Derek Anderson, who started the game under center for the Panthers, played most of the first half. The veteran quarterback looked sharp, completing ten of 15 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns.
However, first-year Panthers receiver Ted Ginn Jr. accounted for half of those completions, most of those receiving yards and both of those touchdowns.
Anderson shared an excellent rapport with Ginn, who caught five balls for 149 yards, including 35-yard and 87-yard scores in the first and second quarters respectively.
Jimmy Clausen, who was once thought to be the team's quarterback of the future, has seen his role reduced to performing mop-up duty in the second half of the final exhibition game. The forgotten former Notre Dame signal caller connected on five of eight passes for just 26 yards.
Backups Armond Smith and Tauren Poole led the Carolina ground attack, which failed to break through a stingy Pittsburgh defense. Smith finished with 17 carries for 43 yards, including a longest run of just five yards. Poole gained 32 yards on 11 attempts, including a team-high run of 11 yards.
Rookie Landry Jones played the whole game under center for the Steelers, who joined the Falcons as the only teams to finish the preseason winless.
The former Oklahoma star struggled against the opportunistic Panthers defense, throwing three interceptions and completing just 16 of his 35 pass attempts.
Carolina also added a safety in the fourth quarter, putting the finishing touches on a preseason in which the defense forced 13 turnovers and scored four touchdowns.
The Panthers open the regular season at home against the Seattle Seahawks next Sunday.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
The recently acquired Felix Jones handled most of the ball-carrying duties for Mike Tomlin's team, gaining 56 yards on 14 attempts.
Safety Colin Jones recorded two interceptions and cornerback Josh Norman tallied one.
Panthers kicker Graham Gano connected on field goals of 19, 40 and 23 yards.
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