After a the Steelers defense forced back-to-back three-and-outs to start the second quarter, the offense was able to put more points on the board, but nothing more than a 49-yard Boswell field goal to give them a 6-0 lead. Penalties, again, were a bad theme for Pittsburgh throughout the first half, and plagued several drives.
Baltimore’s next drive resulted in their first turnover of the game when Cameron Heyward not only was credited with the forced fumble, but also the fumble recovery deep in Ravens’ territory.
The offense took over, and with a combination of James Conner and Le’Veon Bell the team put up their first touchdown of the game with Bell knifing into the endzone to give the Steelers a 13-0 lead in the second quarter.
Pittsburgh’s defense continued their domination of the first half, and forced another three-and-out which gave the ball back to Ben Roethlisberger and company with 2:13 left in the first half.
The Pittsburgh drive was orchestrated by both a Le’Veon Bell third down reception, and two by Martavis Bryant to move the offense into the Baltimore red-zone. What transpired was a JuJu Smith-Schuster touchdown reception to extend the Pittsburgh lead. The offense stayed on the field to go for the two-point conversion but failed giving the Steelers a 19-0 lead heading into halftime.