NFL Preseason: Live Score, Highlights, and Analysis for Steelers vs. Panthers

Curt PopejoyContributor IAugust 29, 2013

Aug 29, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson (3) prepares to take the snap during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Bank Of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports
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The 2013 NFL preseason has come to an end for the Pittsburgh Steelers as they fall to the Carolina Panthers 25-10 in what was some ugly play, especially by the Steelers offense.

The Panthers jumped out on top in the first half and never really looked back. The Steelers did a nice job holding serve initially, but in the second half everything started to unravel. Quarterback Landry Jones, who played the entire game for the Steelers, threw two very ugly interceptions on consecutive drives, which the Panthers turned into six points. But more than that it sapped all the momentum and energy out of the Steelers reserves.

Good news for the Steelers is that the defense player pretty well overall. The reserves played particularly well, holding the Panthers on short fields on multiple occasions to just field goals. The Steelers coaching staff are going to have some tough decisions to make.

The Panthers played very conservative on both sides of the ball, lacking their top weapon in quarterback Cam Newton. Backup quarterback Derek Anderson played pretty well in his place, making several nice throws.

At this point both of these teams have two days to trim their rosters to 53 and get ready for the regular season. The Steelers haven't gone 0-4 in the preseason since 2006, which for the record was another season where they missed the playoffs.

Panthers 25, Steelers 10