The Steelers received the ball to start the second half, and were finally able to get the football into New England territory. After a James Washington sideline catch got them into field goal range, they failed to convert on 3rd and 1 at the goalline and settled for a Chris Boswell field goal, making the score 20-3.
How did the Steelers’ defense respond? On 3rd-and-10, Brady went over the top and hit Phillip Dorsett for his second touchdown of the game, making the score 27-3 after Gostkowski’s extra point.
The remainder of the third quarter was more of the same. The Steelers offense struggling, and punting, and the Patriots offense moving into scoring position. With 13 seconds left in the quarter a Bud Dupree sack forced a Gostkowski field goal, making the score 30-3 heading into the final frame of regulation.