The second quarter was more of the same for both teams until Rudolph started to get into a rhythm with his college teammate James Washington. Two big completions to Washington got the Steelers into Kansas City territory for the first time in the game. Diontae Johnson’s first professional reception set up a Jaylen Samuels run into the endzone for the first score of the game.
Boswell’s point-after was good, making the score 7-0 with 6:39 left in the first half.
Chad Henne wasn’t about to be outdone by Mason Rudolph, and he put together a drive of his own. With 1:11 left in the half Henne hit Mecole Hardman for a 17-yard touchdown to tie the game 7-7.
Joshua Dobbs came into the game to try and move the Steelers into at least field goal range before heading into halftime, and he delivered a long 40-yard strike to James Washington on the first play from scrimmage. However, the Steelers failed to get into field goal range and turned the ball over on downs. Instead of just kneeling out the half, Mike Hilton caused a fumble while blitzing and Skipper Tuzar recovered the football with 25 seconds left in the half.
A pass to Eli Rogers aided by a personal foul set the Steelers up inside the 10-yard line, but Dobbs threw an interception at the goal line which was returned to midfield. The Chiefs’ completed a quick pass before giving Harrison Butker a 58-yard attempt which sailed wide right. The first half ended with a 7-7 tie, and the Chiefs due to get the ball after the break.