Pittsburgh’s offense put together an impressive drive to start the second quarter, but as they entered field goal range, on 3rd and 10, Roethlisberger lofted an awkward pass intended for Vance McDonald which was intercepted by Derwin James, giving the ball back to the Chargers’ offense.
The Chargers were unable to turn the interception into points, and after both team exchanged punts it was L.J. Fort who got a piece of a Chargers punt setting up the Pittsburgh offense well inside Los Angeles territory. After Roethlisberger overthrew a wide open Justin Hunter, the drive stalled and settled for a 48 yard Chris Boswell field goal, making the score 16-7 with 2:40 left in the half.
After the Boswell field goal, the Steelers’ defense forced a punt, giving the ball back to Roethlisberger with 1:35 left in the half and all three timeouts remaining. With a good mix of run to start the drive, and pass to finish, it was capped off by a 28-year beauty of a throw from Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown for the Pittsburgh touchdown.
Chris Boswell made the extra point, and the score read 23-7 heading into halftime.