The Steelers answered the Cincinnati touchdown with an impressive touchdown drive of their own. After huge third down conversions to both JuJu Smith-Schuster and Antonio Brown, it was James Conner who plunged into the endzone to start the second quarter to tie the game 7-7 with 14:33 left in the half.
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The back-and-forth half continued between these two teams. Punts and passes dropped were the norm for both sides, but it was Pittsburgh who tacked on the next points after the Ben Roethlisberger to Vance McDonald connection heated up with just over 5 minutes left in the half.
After a tremendous reception by JuJu Smith-Schuster to rip the ball away from Bengals defender Darqueze Dennard, it set up the Steelers’ offense at the one foot line.
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James Conner would do the rest for his second touchdown of the day. Chris Boswell made the point-after to give Pittsburgh a 14-7 lead with 1:07 left in the half.
Rather than kicking the football out of the endzone, Boswell left it in play and Alex Erickson returned it 43 yards to near midfield on the ensuing kickoff. Dalton did the rest by shredding the Pittsburgh secondary before hitting Tyler Boyd for another touchdown, tying the score at 14 heading into halftime.