On the first drive of the second quarter, and only their second of the game, the Falcons knew they had to come up with an answer. After converting several third-and-long situations, Matt Ryan found Mohammed Sanu for the Falcons’ first score of the game, making the score 13-7.
After the Steelers’ first three-and-out of the game, the Falcons’ went on a time consuming drive deep into Pittsburgh territory. A pair of Pittsburgh penalties aided the drive, but back-to-back sacks by T.J. Watt and Cameron Heyward held Atlanta to a Matt Bryant field goal. The 47-yard kick was good, making the score 13-10 with just under 5 minutes remaining in the first half.
Throughout the second quarter, the Steelers had yet to even gain a first down, let alone put points on the board, but with 1:42 left in the half the Pittsburgh defense got the offense the ball back with a chance to extend their lead. With the ball inside the 10-yard line, Roethlisberger tried to find Antonio Brown in the endzone but was intercepted.
The score would stand 13-10 at halftime, with the Falcons due to get the ball to start the 3rd quarter.