Not to be outdone by the high-powered Steelers backup offense, the Panthers put together an impressive drive of their own to start the second quarter. 12 plays, 81-yards and before you knew it the score was 14-7.
With the quarter featuring more punts than plays made, two really sketchy personal foul calls on the Panthers’ defense on a Pittsburgh drive put the Steelers in the red-zone again. However, the Steelers weren’t able to convert the gift into nothing more than a Boswell field goal to make the score 17-7 with 5-minutes left in the half.
The next Carolina possession resulted in an Ola Adeniyi strip sack which was recovered by Keion Adams, setting up the offense just outside the red-zone with 1:50 left in the half.
Mason Rudolph took over at quarterback, and on 3rd-and-20, after what fans thought was a Damoun Patterson touchdown was overturned, Rudolph hit Tevin Jones for a touchdown strike.
After a defensive foul on the extra point try, the Steelers chose to go for the two-point conversion, and Rudolph was able to scamper into the endzone to make the score 25-7 heading into halftime.