The Steelers received the ball to start the third quarter, and Pittsburgh opened up the offense for Duck Hodges on the opening drive. A big pass to Diontae Johnson, followed up by a big James Conner run put the Steelers in the red-zone with relative ease. Hodges then hit Conner on a swing pass and he was able to make a defender miss as he walked into the end-zone. The Chris Boswell point-after was good, giving the Steelers a 10-3 lead in the early portion of the third quarter.
The ebb and flow of the game continued in the third quarter when Allen looked as if he was ready to respond to the Steelers’ touchdown with a scoring drive of his own. On a nifty draw to Devin Singletary it looked as if he had a first down, and then some, but T.J. Watt tracked him down from behind causing a fumble which was recovered by Mike Hilton.
Pittsburgh’s offense couldn’t even muster a first down off the turnover, and another awful Jordan Berry punt gave the Bills solid field position for their next drive. Cameron Heyward took over on the Bills’ next drive and the Steelers’ defense forced another punt.
It looked promising for the Steelers on their next drive, but Hodges got greedy on an out route pass intended for Diontae Johnson, but was intercepted by Tre’Davious White again. White returned the ball inside the red-zone to end the third quarter.