NFL capsules: Panthers rout Steelers backups 34-9 to conclude preseason

Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold is tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Robert Spillane during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sam Darnold felt the Carolina Panthers needed a night like this before the regular season.