After several punts by both teams, the Lions took their first possession of the second quarter and were able to drive the ball into the Pittsburgh red-zone. However, the Steelers’ defense was doing their bend-don’t-break impression and held Detroit to another Prater field goal, giving them a 6-3 lead.
With the offense stumbling, Roethlisberger connected with Antonio Brown for a 44-yard gain on third down to set up the offense at the 5-yard line. Le’Veon Bell did the rest on the next play as the touchdown, and Chris Boswell point-after, put the Steelers up 10-6.
After Stafford moved the Lions into field goal range, and stalled again, Prater was called on for a 51-yard field goal. The boot narrowed Pittsburgh’s lead 10-9 with 2:14 left in the half.
With a two-minute drive to add to their lead before halftime, Roethlisberger again moved the team into Chris Boswell field goal range, but on 3rd and 1 Bell fumbled the football, giving the ball back to Detroit, and leaving more points on the field. It was the second turnover for the Steelers in the first half.
Only 50-seconds remained in the first half, but it didn’t deter Stafford from shredding the Pittsburgh zone defense and move into the red-zone, but it ended in a 34-yard Prater field goal, which gave Detroit a 12-10 lead heading into halftime.
The Lions would start the second half with the football.