To start the second quarter the Ravens had the football, and what happened next should have been predicted. Over the first quarter of the season, especially with Rudolph under center, after the Steelers score the defense rarely does anything but give up a long, time-consuming drive. That’s right the Steelers surrendered a 13 play, 75 yard scoring drive to Baltimore which ended with Jackson hitting Marquise Brown for the touchdown to make the score 17-7 with 11:21 left in the half.
After the Steelers failed to convert their next possession into points, Lamar Jackson had the ball again looking to add to the Ravens’ total. On 3rd and 10 Jackson targeted Mark Andrews, but Minkah Fitzpatrick was able to tip the ball into the air and it was intercepted by Kam Kelly.
The turnover gave the Steelers the ball just outside the red-zone, but the Steelers went the wrong way on their ensuing drive. Jaylen Samuels was dropped for a 5-yard loss in the Wildcat on 2nd down, and Mason Rudolph was sacked on third down. This set up a Chris Boswell 42-yard field goal, which was good to make the score 17-10 in favor of the Ravens.
Despite a huge kickoff return by Justice Hill, back-to-back sacks by T.J. Watt and Vince Williams stifled the Ravens drive and forced their first punt of the game. With 3:06 left in the game and one timeout remaining, all the Steelers could do was take time off the clock before punting the ball back to Baltimore. However, with 1:36 left in the half and two timeouts left, Jackson was intercepted by Mike Hilton giving the Steelers a chance to tie the game before halftime.
With just 23 seconds left in the half, the Steelers weren’t able to do anything but add a field goal to make the score 17-13 heading into halftime.