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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger looks for a receiver in the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

‘Big Ben’ and the Pittsburgh Steelers Crush the Carolina Panthers

The Pittsburgh Steelers dominated the Carolina Panthers, defeating the Panthers on Thursday night at Heinz Field.

The 52-21 defeat of the Panthers on Thursday tied for the most points allowed in Carolina history, showing Ben Roethlisberger delivering masterpieces.

Steelers Scored two TDs in 13 seconds

The Steelers started off the game in the right direction.

Their offense needed a single play to enter the end zone, and thanks to ‘Big Ben’s’ deep connection to JuJu Smith-Schuster for a 75-yard touchdown in the first half.

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Then, thirteen seconds later, Vince Williams caught a pass from Cam Newton that returned the interception 17 yards for a touchdown and a 14-7 lead.

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McCaffrey’s Game Gets Overshadowed

Panthers’ Christian McCaffrey rushed 14 times for 77 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers’ 52-21 loss to the Steelers.

The 2017 first-round pick opened up with a 20-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter.

By the second quarter, the Carolina Panthers were down 17 on the road.

After holding the Steelers to a field goal, Cam Newton’s pass to Christian McCaffrey allowed for him to score his second touchdown of the night.

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Roethlisberger Takes Brutal Hit

Then things got ugly during the third quarter of the game as a big hit on Roethlisberger led to a scuffle and ejection during the second half.

Shortly when Roethlisberger started to slide, Panthers safety Eric Reid came flying in to deliver a shot near Roethlisberger’s head that led to a scuffle after Steelers players came to his defense.

After the game, Ron Rivera disagreed with the ejection.

“I don’t think that was warranted, I really don’t. I don’t think he him hard enough to eject him,” Rivera said. “They are trying to protect the quarterbacks, and he was high.”

Tree of Life tribute

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wore special cleats designed to pay tribute to the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting.

Cam Newton joined in on the tribute as he wore cleats of his own that honored the victims.

What’s Next?

The Steelers pushed their record (6-2-1) and will face off the Jacksonville Jaguars next week. The Steelers are in first place in the AFC North.

Carolina’s record dropped to 6-3, and face off the Detroit Lions next Sunday.

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