The second quarter started with the Steelers in Cleveland territory, and they put together their best drive of the day. When in the red zone, it looked as if the Browns had stopped the Steelers and forced a field goal, but a late hit by Myles Garrett on Roethlisberger gave the drive new life. On the next play James Conner went untouched into the endzone for his first NFL touchdown, and the first score of the game. Chris Boswell tacked on the extra point to give Pittsburgh the 7-0 lead.
The Pittsburgh defense continued to stand tall when it mattered most, and they gave the Steelers’ offense the ball with 2:30 left in the game in an attempt to put points on the board before halftime. As a pass intended for Jesse James sailed through his hands, it ended up in the lap of Denzel Ward for his second interception of the game, and Roethlisberger’s third interception on the day.
Both teams would head into halftime with the Steelers gripping a 7-0 lead, and the Browns due to receive the ball to start the second half.