On Pittsburgh’s second offensive drive they started to find a rhythm. Hard Benny Snell Jr. runs and two big completions to Diontae Johnson put the Steelers in a first and goal situation. On the next play from scrimmage Snell had a hard run into the endzone for the Steelers touchdown.
Punching it in!@benny_snell pic.twitter.com/wkCkztj5Rc— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 29, 2019
The Chris Boswell extra point made the score 7-6 with 12:50 left in the second quarter.
For the first time in the game, the Ravens were unable to get points on a drive, and Sam Koch was called on to punt the ball away. It looked as if the Steelers’ offense was going to remain in a groove on offense after connecting on two first downs on their next possession. But, like it has been all season, the unit can’t afford to experience negative plays. A negative run on first down followed by a sack set up a 3rd and 21, and Jordan Berry’s next action.
Baltimore’s next drive was aided by a bogus roughing the passer call on T.J. Watt, and a big third down strike to Hayden Hurst. But the drive ended like all the others that got into scoring range, with a Justin Tucker field goal, making the score 9-7 with 1:10 remaining in the half.
On the Steelers’ next drive their turnover streak reached 23 games when Devlin Hodges didn’t protect the ball while under duress and got it stripped out of his hands. It looked as if Jaylen Samuels fell on it, but the wet football squirted out and was recovered by the Ravens. With a short field, it took the Ravens just a few plays to hit pay dirt and extend their lead to 16-7 with 21 seconds left in the half.
The score would remain heading into halftime.