Smith, Taliaferro throw 1-2 punch to pound Panthers

nfl-SteveSmithA pair of Baltimore Ravens with Carolina ties had big days in their 38-10 victory over the visiting Panthers on Sunday.

Former Coastal Carolina University running back Lorenzo Taliaferro rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown, and ex-Panther Steve Smith Sr. tormented his old team by catching seven passes for 139 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

“I’m 35 years old and I ran around them boys like they were school-yard kids,” said Smith, who spent his entire career with Carolina until signing with the Ravens in the offseason.

For Taliaferro, it was more about getting more playing time as a rookie than revenge, and he proved up for the role by carrying the ball 15 times. Justin Forsett got the start and finished with 66 yards on 14 carries with a touchdown.

“Justin did a good job of powering the ball all day, so when I got in there, I just tried to keep it going,” Taliaferro said.

After starting the season 2-0, Carolina has now lost two straight games — both to AFC North teams. The Panthers return home against the Chicago Bears in Week 5.

Photo courtesy of Baltimore Ravens

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