After a Carolina drive to start the second quarter resulted in yet another punt, Roethlisberger and company went back to work and were able to add to their lead. This drive, which started at their own 8 yard line, had a little bit of everything. Roosevelt Nix had two receptions, and Antonio Brown burned the entire defense to get the team into field goal range. However, that is where the drive stalled, and a Chris Boswell 50-yard field goal made the score 24-7.
Needing a drive to stay in the game, Newton and McCaffrey responded in a big way by hitting McCaffrey again for his second receiving touchdown of the game with about 5:00 left on the clock in the second quarter.
5 minutes left on the clock, and two timeouts, was a lot of time left on the clock, and the Steelers wouldn’t even need that much time to strike again. After a key third down pass to Ryan Switzer, Roethlisberger hit Antonio Brown for a bomb down the sideline for the Steelers touchdown.
The Boswell point after kick made the score 31-17 with 3 minutes left in the first half.
The 31-17 score would stand heading into halftime, with Pittsburgh getting the ball to start the third quarter.