After halftime, Pittsburgh’s offense picked up where it left off, and moved the ball into Cleveland territory. But when Roethlisberger hit Stevan Ridley on a dump off, Ridley lost the football, and it was recovered by the Browns for the Steelers’ second turnover of the game.
Pittsburgh’s defense didn’t allow Mayfield and company to get a first down, and forced another punt.
Jordan Berry pinned the Browns inside the 5-yard line, and the result on the next play was Bud Dupree being held in the endzone, resulting in a safety.
With the score 16-6, the Browns had a free kick, but the Steelers foolishly didn’t recover the football, assuming it was a punt, and it was recovered by the Browns inside Steelers’ territory. The Browns turned the gaffe into their first touchdown of the game when Mayfield lofted a pass to Antonio Callaway for the score. However, Joseph missed the extra point to make the score 16-12 in the waning minutes of the third quarter.
In much need of an answer to such a horrible course of events, the Pittsburgh offense, mainly James Conner, provided said answer. It was all Conner as he rumbled on multiple plays down the field, and capped the drive off with an incredible touchdown run to give the Steelers a 23-12 lead with 2:42 left in the third quarter.
The Steelers were driving with the football to start the fourth quarter.