The Steelers started the second quarter in the midst of their best offensive drive of the game. The drive featured a lot of Ben Roethlisberger to Eric Ebron, but also key receptions to JuJu Smith-Schuster and Anthony McFarland to extend the drive. However, when the field shortened the offense failed, and the Steelers were forced to rely on a Chris Boswell chip shot to put them up 9-7 with 11:50 remaining in the first half.
Another Baltimore three and out resulted in the Steelers’ second possession of the second quarter, and Ben Roethlisberger and the offense started to finally settle in. The Steelers’ spread offense continued to be the desired mechanism to move the ball, and this drive featured a lot of Diontae Johnson. However, the Steelers’ offense continued to struggle in the red-zone, settling for another Boswell field goal to make the score 12-7 with 4:27 left in the second quarter.
The Raven’s next offensive drive was driven by key third down plays. Griffin had a 40 yard scramble on 3rd and 9, and on 3rd and 10 Justice Hill moved the Ravens’ offense to the goal line. However, Harbaugh used his last timeout with 25 seconds left in the half, and when Gus Edwards was stopped short on the next play, Griffin barely got a play off before the end of the half. The pass intended for tight end Luke Wilson looked to be a touchdown, but Minkah Fitzpatrick broke up the pass and the teams went into halftime with the Steelers up 12-7.