Gano's 40-yarder came on the Panthers' first drive of the night midway through the period, while Suisham's 42-yard kick with 7 seconds left in the quarter tied it and capped a drive that stalled at the 24.
The teams were relatively even in the opening period, each managing one solid drive that pushed near the 20 before settling for field goals.
They were relatively even statistically after the opening period, with Pittsburgh relying largely on running back Le'Veon Bell for the bulk of its offense. Bell got off to a strong start with 41 yards on seven carries while Ben Roethlisberger found himself under pressure several times and completed just 4 of 8 passes for 16 yards while taking one sack in the period.
Hardy was convicted July 15 of assault on a female and communicating threats after the victim said the 6-foot-4, 275-pound player threw her in the bathtub and onto a sofa covered with guns before threatening to kill her. Hardy is appealing the ruling and a jury trial is set for Nov. 17.
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