The scoring slowed down in the third quarter as the teams each added a field goal to their total (Pittsburgh led 20-14 at halftime).
Carolina quarterback Derek Anderson played most of the quarter for the Panthers and ended up with 192 passing yards. He was replaced by Jimmy Clausen – who it looks like may end up as the team’s third-stringer – with 3:23 left in the third. Clausen’s first pass was a deep ball to Armanti Edwards, which instead was tipped and intercepted.
The Steelers used third-string quarterback Dennis Dixon exclusively in the third quarter – he played the lion’s share of the game after starter Ben Roethlisberger didn’t play and second-stringer Charlie Batch got just a couple of series.
A 53-yard field goal 11 seconds into the fourth quarter by Pittsurgh’s backup kicker, Swayze Waters, then gave the Steelers a 26-17 lead over Carolina.