To start the second quarter, the Steelers’ offense finally decided to start putting together a performance more reminiscent of the Pittsburgh offense most expected. Roethlisberger hit JuJu Smith-Schuster for a trio of receptions, moving the team near the red-zone, and finally found Jesse James for the team’s first score of the game.
After forcing Kansas City to punt for the first time in the game, Ben Roethlisberger started to claw the team back into the game on his own. Roethlisberger orchestrated an 11-play 85-yard drive which ended in a touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster. However, Boswell’s struggles continued with a missed point-after, making the score 21-13.
Getting the football with just over 3-minutes left in the half, Pittsburgh was able to move the ball into Kansas City territory after big completions to Jesse James and a defensive pass interference call on the Chiefs. With 24-seconds remaining in the half, and inside the red-zone, Roethlisberger found rookie James Washington for a touchdown to move the Steelers within two points of the Chiefs. Pittsburgh went for two, to tie the game, and Roethlisberger hit James Conner in the flat to tie the game 21-21.
The score would hold heading into halftime with the Chiefs due to get the football to start the third quarter.