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Midway through the fourth quarter Sunday night, the Terrible Towel-waving Pittsburgh fans outnumbered the remaining Panthers’ fans waving their white flags at Bank of America Stadium. Surrender was in order.

If the Panthers had a theme last season and in the victories against Tampa Bay and Detroit this season, it’s this: Play smart, force turnovers, don’t turn the ball over and be good when you have to be. The Sunday night loss at home, on national TV, to Pittsburgh, was more than uncharacteristic. It was a shock.

The leaks sprang from everywhere for Carolina Sunday night as Pittsburgh embarrassed the Panthers, 37-19, in prime time.

Cam Newton was hit low and high, sacked and pushed to the ground for much of the Carolina Panthers’ 37-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Officially, Newton was sacked three times and hit six times, but surely he was on the ground much more than that.

The Steel Curtain it is not. But this season’s Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense might have found its own identity in a 37-19 victory Sunday night against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium.

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