After a series of punts by both teams, Houston put together their best drive of the game, and it resulted in a 4th-and-1 play. With a chance at points, Bill O’Brien passed up the field goal and went for the touchdown. What happened was a Yates interception to Artie Burns in the red-zone, giving the ball back to Pittsburgh without any points on the board.
Just call @_audi8 'the Grinch' because he's taking away all of the Texans' toys. pic.twitter.com/maKkHVcbNI— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 25, 2017
With the football at the 20-yard line after the interception, Pittsburgh drove the football the length of the field and turned the turnover into 7-points after Roosevelt Nix plunged into the endzone to give the Steelers a 17-0 lead.
.@Dat_Dude_Nix is just STACKING touchdowns with his 2nd of the season & 1st career rushing TD.— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 25, 2017
PIT 17 | HOU 0 pic.twitter.com/CjPba3Moim
On the ensuing drive, on third down, Yates was pressured and Cam Heyward forced a fumble which was recovered by Bud Dupree for the second turnover of the game.
1️⃣2️⃣.0️⃣@CamHeyward notches his 12th sack of the season, tying Keith Willis (1986: 12.0) for the 2nd-most by a #Steelers d-lineman in a single-season since the stat became official in 1982. pic.twitter.com/UsoiBO1Jjn— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 25, 2017
With tremendous field position, Pittsburgh’s offense had to settle for another Boswell field goal to extend their lead 20-0, and 10-points off turnovers in the half.
The 20-0 score stood heading into halftime. The Texans will receive the football to start the 3rd quarter.