Steel­ers Rout Pan­thers

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NEW YORK (Dis­patches) - Pitts­burgh quar­ter­back Ben Roeth­lis­berger threw for five touch­downs on Thurs­day as the Steel­ers dis­man­tled the Carolina Pan­thers 52-21 for a fifth straight NFL vic­tory.

Seven dif­fer­ent Steel­ers play­ers scored touch­downs, and Roeth­lis­berger was flaw­less -- set­ting the tone with a 75-yard touch­down pass to JuJu Smith-Schus­ter on Pitts­burgh’s first play from scrim­mage.

“That’s a big win for us,” Smith-Schus­ter said af­ter the Steel­ers im­proved to 6-2-1, strength­en­ing their grip on the AFC North divi­sion de­spite the con­tin­u­ing ab­sence of con­tract hold­out Le’Veon Bell.

Roeth­lis­berger posted a Steel­ers record 88% com­ple­tion per­cent­age, con­nect­ing on 22 of 25 passes for 328 yards, and watched most of the fourth quar­ter from the side­lines.

“We just found ways to cap­i­tal­ize in ways we needed to in or­der to get a win,” said the vet­eran quar­ter­back, who also con­nected with An­to­nio Brown, Vance McDon­ald, Jesse James and rookie Jaylen Sa­muels with scor­ing passes.

Linebacker Vince Wil­liams re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion for a touch­down and James Con­ner ran for a TD be­fore leav­ing the game in the sec­ond half to be eval­u­ated for a con­cus­sion. The Pan­thers saw a three-game win­ning streak halted as they fell to 6-3 for the sea­son. They have never won in Pitts­burgh in four at­tempts.

Pan­thers quar­ter­back Cam New­ton was sacked five times, twice by Cam Hey­ward. Steel­ers de­fender T.J. Watt forced the pick-six by Wil­liams when he pres­sured New­ton into a poor throw from his end zone.

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