The Patriots possessed the ball to start the second quarter, and it took Brady little time moving the ball into Pittsburgh territory. However, unlike the previous drive the Steelers’ defense held strong in the red-zone and forced a Steve Gostkowski field goal to make the score 10-0.
Pittsburgh’s 3rd possession of the game with 11:47 left in the second quarter, but a three-and-out gave the ball right back to the Patriots. After the Steelers’ defense forced a three-and-out of their own, the Steelers’ again failed to put points on the scoreboard.
When you give Brady more possessions, Brady usually converts those into points. After two big passes to Julian Edelman, Brady connected with Dorsett for the second New England touchdown of the half, making the score 17-0 with 3:49 left in the half.
After Ben Roethlisberger hit JuJu Smith-Schuster for 19 yards, giving them their first third down conversion of the game, a pass which hit Donte Moncrief in between the numbers was dropped on 4th-and-1 turning the ball over on downs. Brady moved the ball easily into field goal range, but had to settle for another kick making the score 20-0 heading into halftime.