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Steelers vs. Panthers final score: Pittsburgh packs on power running, slaughters Carolina 37-19

Pittsburgh surges back to the land of optimism with impressive road win over Carolina.

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The Steelers went into their Week 3 game against Carolina facing massive scrutiny on both sides of the ball.

They left the game only after delivering a resounding message to those critics - don't count us out just yet.

The Steelers got huge performances from wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le'Veon Bell, and their defense notched more hits on quarterback Cam Newton than they had in their first two games put together. They even forced their first turnover of the year in the rout.

Pittsburgh rushed for 264 yards, led by Bell's game-high, 147-yard performance. Bell also broke off the longest run the Steelers have seen in 44 years, taking an inside handoff initially to the right side, cutting back to the left and exploding up the field for 81 yards. LeGarrette Blount cracked off a 51-yard carry late in the game as well.

Brown became the second player in NFL history to catch at least five passes for at least 50 yards in 19 consecutive games, tying Laveraneus Coles of the Jets and Redskins for the mark. There doesn't appear to be any slowing down for Brown, who caught 10 passes on 10 targets in the win.

Steelers' Robert Golden recovered a fumble on a muffed punt for a touchdown as part of a 28-point second half after having not scored a touchdown in their eight previous quarters.

Pittsburgh improves to 2-1 on the season, and heads home to take on Tampa Bay in Week 4.