The Steelers had the ball with their third drive of the game to start the second quarter, and they were able to put together an impressive drive. A great mix of James Conner runs and Ben Roethlisberger completions moved the ball near the red-zone; however, when the field shortened the play calling got predictable and Chris Boswell was called on to tie the game 3-3 with 10:50 left in the second quarter.
After a three and out, Pittsburgh’s offense continued to warm up as Roethlisberger started to orchestrate a high tempo attack. Passes to Dionate Johnson and James Washington moved the ball on the cusp of the red-zone, but it was a beautiful pass to Chase Claypool for the touchdown which broke the stalemate.
Chris Boswell nailed the point after, making the score 10-3 with 7:00 left in the first half.
Jake Luton had the Jaguars on the move with their next drive, and when they reached the red-zone, and the field shortened, it was the Steelers’ defense who made a big play. Luton’s pass was tipped by Tyson Alualu and intercepted by Minkah Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick’s return put the Steelers near midfield with 2:57 left in the first half.
Looking to take advantage of the turnover, Roethlisberger completed big passes to Diontae Johnson on two occasions to move the ball to the goal line. On the first play on the goal line, it was Benny Snell Jr. who plunged into the endzone for the second Steelers touchdown of the quarter. Boswell was good for the extra point, making the score 17-3 with 44 seconds left in the half.
The Jaguars weren’t about to sit on the football, and decided to try and move into field goal range in the waning moments of the first half. What resulted from this decision was a Jake Luton interception to Terrell Edmunds with 28 seconds left in the half. With two timeouts remaining, the Steelers get a defensive pass interference call to move the ball into field goal range. However, with 9 seconds left, and a timeout remaining, Roethlisberger’s pass was intercepted in the end zone to end the half.