Indianapolis picked up right where they left off in the first half, and Marlon Mack and Brian Hoyer quickly moved the ball into Pittsburgh territory. But on 4th and 4 Bud Dupree strip sacked Hoyer, and it was recovered by the defense giving the offense their best starting field position of the day.
Rudolph orchestrated the offense’s first touchdown drive of the game with passes to Jaylen Samuels, JuJu Smith-Schuster and eventually capping it off with a touchdown pass to Vance McDonald to give the Steelers their first lead of the game. Chris Boswell’s point after was good, giving the Steelers a 20-16 lead with 5:25 left in the third quarter.
After the Steelers forced their first punt of the game on the Colt’s next drive, the Indianapolis special teams pinned Pittsburgh at the one-yard line to start their next drive. After a Trey Edmunds run gave them some breathing room, a second straight run pushed them back deeper in their own end. On 3rd down Mason Rudolph was sacked in the endzone for the safety, making the score 20-18, and giving the ball back to the Colts.
On the free kick, Jordan Berry had a tremendous punt which was fumbled and recovered by the Steelers, giving them the football at the Indianapolis 17 yard line. The Steelers faced another Chris Boswell field goal at the end of the third quarter.