For the first time in the past three games, the Steelers did not surrender a big touchdown on the opening drive of the second half, and instead the defense forced a three-and-out giving the ball back to the offense.
Ben Roethlisbeger, and Le’Veon Bell, moved the ball into Cincinnati territory with ease, and on a rather simple checkdown pass several Cincinnati defenders assumed Bell was going to run out of bounds, but Bell tight-roped the sideline and ran by everyone for the first Steelers’ touchdown of the game. The Boswell point-after made the score 17-10 with 8:58 left in the third quarter.
Cincinnati’s offense continued to move the ball on the banged up Pittsburgh defense, and after what looked like another touchdown pass from Dalton to Green, a holding call stymied the drive and equated into another Randy Bullock field goal to extend their lead 20-10 in the third quarter.
The score would stand heading into the 4th quarter.