To start the second quarter, the Steelers took the football and wasted little time putting more points on the board. After a huge completion from Roethlisberger to Vance McDonald, it was Roethlisberger who found rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster for his second touchdown pass of the game.
Not to be outdone, Dalton took the Cincinnati offense, again powered by some big runs by rookie Mixon, and easily moved into the red-zone. When stopped on 3rd and goal at the 2-yard line, Marvin Lewis elected to go for it, and Dalton hit tight end Tyler Kroft with the tying touchdown.
On their next drive, Le’Veon Bell single-handedly moved the team into the red-zone, primarily on a fantastic catch and run.
We're gonna go ahead and leave this right here... pic.twitter.com/Giv0c5J6VX— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) October 22, 2017
However, the drive stalled inside the 10-yard line, and Pittsburgh had to settle for a 22-yard Chris Boswell field goal to make the score 17-14.
After the Pitsburgh defense forced the Bengals to an early punt, the offense received the football with 1:23 left in the half and one timeout remaining. Roethlisberger moved the offense into the red-zone, courtesy of a defensive pass interference call on Dre Kirkpatrick, but due to some poor clock management the team had to settle for a Chris Boswell field goal. The boot from 24-yards was good and gave Pittsburgh a 20-14 lead heading into halftime.
The Bengals will receive the kickoff to start the third quarter.