The Cardinals received the ball on the Pittsburgh 34-yard line to star the second quarter, and quickly moved the ball into a first-and-goal situation. However, the Steelers’ defense pushed the Cardinals backwards before gaining any ground, forcing a field goal to make the score 10-3 with 11:15 left in the opening half.
Hodges wasn’t able to manufacture points on the Steelers’ next drive, but were able to flip the field position game. On the next Arizona possession Murray settled in and used mismatches and tempo to move the ball into the Pittsburgh red-zone for the second time of the half. The first attempt ended in a field goal, but the second attempt was a Charles Clay touchdown reception. After the point-after the game was tied 10-10 with 1:51 left in the half.
Pittsburgh’s offense was able to quickly move the ball deep into Arizona territory, but a Chandler Jones strip sack of Hodges turned the potential touchdown drive into a field goal drive. Chris Boswell hit a 37-yard field goal to make the score 13-10 heading into halftime with the Steelers due to get the football to start the third quarter.