On the next possession Pittsburgh used a variety of looks to move the ball into Cincinnati territory for the first time. Jaylen Samuels was used as the quarterback in a wildcat look, and several jet-sweep plays set the Steelers up for a 4th and 1 to keep the drive alive, but after a timeout James Conner was stopped short of the line of gain, giving the ball back to the Bengals.
After both teams exchanged possessions, it was a Cincinnati three and out which gave Rudolph and company their best field position of the night. After a couple first downs it was Rudolph who hit James Conner for a short completion which Conner turned into a touchdown reception. Chris Boswell’s point-after was good, giving the Steelers a 7-3 lead with 10:32 left in the first half.
Andy Dalton and company put together a nice drive in response to the Steelers’ first score of the game, and on the cusp of the red-zone Dalton was hit by Bud Dupree, causing a fumble which was recovered by T.J. Watt.
With 5:49 left in the half, and Pittsburgh holding one timeout in their back pocket, Pittsburgh was able to move the ball down the field and into the red-zone with less than a minute left in the half. But on 3rd and 3, Jaylen Samuels was stopped for a loss of three and the Steelers settled for a Chris Boswell 27 yard field goal to make the score 10-3 with 58 seconds left in the half.
The 10-3 score would stand as the two teams head into halftime, and Pittsburgh will receive the ball to start the 3rd quarter.