The Jaguars had put together an impressive drive, all driven by the running game. Whether it was Leonard Fournette, T.J. Yeldon or Carlos Hyde, the Jaguars were averaging well over 4 yards per carry, and eating up the clock.
To start the 2nd quarter the Jaguars were well within Pittsburgh territory, but an untimely holding penalty pushed the drive backwards, and forced a 48-yard Josh Lambo field goal to give Jacksonville an early 3-0 lead.
Near midway through the second quarter, the Steelers’ offense had yet to achieve a first down without the assistance of a penalty. On the other side, the Jaguars continued to gash the Pittsburgh defense in the running game. However, the bend, but don’t break, defense was able to hold Jacksonville to another field goal to make the score 6-0 with 8:34 left in the second quarter.
The next possession was more of the same for the Steelers’ offense, as Roethlisberger’s first pass was intercepted by Jalen Ramsey giving the ball right back to the Jaguars. However, Blake Bortles and company still hadn’t hit pay dirt yet, and another Lambo field goal made the score 9-0 with 3:35 left in the second quarter.
Jordan Berry continued to have a tremendous day, but it also meant more and more failed conversions by the Steelers’ offense. After a three-and-out by Jacksonville, the Steelers got the ball back with 1:16 left and no timeouts trying to put up their first points of the game before halftime.
Rather than putting up points, Ben Roethlisberger threw his second interception of the game when Barry Church nabbed the pass intended for Antonio Brown. Nonetheless, Jacksonville wasn’t able to convert the turnover into points, instead punting the ball back to the abysmal Pittsburgh offense.
Despite a dominant performance by Jacksonville, they led only 9-0 heading into halftime, with Pittsburgh to get the ball to start the third quarter.