Looking for the first points of the game, the Steelers took the ball to start the second quarter, but on a second down play it looked as if Geno Atkins jumped offsides, but wasn’t called. What resulted was a Ben Roethlisberger pick-six, handing the Bengals an easy 7-0 lead.
Pittsburgh’s offense continued to remain on cruise control, and the team’s defense was not picking up the slack. What ensued after another Jordan Berry punt was a Driskel drive which resulted in a 49-yard Randy Bullock field goal to make the score 10-0 with just over 2 minutes left in the half.
Desperately needing an answer, Pittsburgh was able to move the ball deep into Cincinnati territory for the first time of the game, but with time remaining they had to settle for a Matt McCrane, who was recently signed, field goal. The 39-yard kick was good, making the score 10-3, in favor of Cincinnati, at halftime.