To start the second quarter, Indianapolis’ offense continued to move the ball on the Steelers, and took very little time getting into Pittsburgh territory. Facing a first and goal situation, Jacoby Brissett left the game with an ankle/knee injury. Brian Hoyer entered the game, and on third down hit Jack Doyle for the first touchdown of the game. After the Viniateri extra point, the Colts took a 10-3 lead with 11:57 left in the half.
The Steelers had shown the ability to move the ball on the Indianapolis defense, but again failed when it mattered most. On 4th-and-2, a play to Smith-Schuster was stopped shorts, turning the ball over on downs. Brian Hoyer remained at quarterback and Marlon Mack moved the Colts into field goal territory, but wanting more. However, when Hoyer targeted Doyle again, Minkah Fitzpatrick jumped the route and took it 96 yards back for a pick-six. The Boswell point-after tied the game 10-10.
Hoyer and company weren’t deterred by the big play, and took little time getting the ball into the endzone again for another touchdown. This throw went to Pascal to cap off a 6-play 75 yard drive. However, Viniateri’s point-after was blocked making the score 16-10 with 42 seconds left in the half.
Before half, the Steelers moved the ball to midfield, and it looked like a pass to Vance McDonald underneath would end the half. However, a personal foul call moved the Steelers into field goal range. Boswell’s 51 yard kick was good, making the score 16-13 heading into halftime.