The Steelers started the second quarter with the football, but instead of the fireworks of the first quarter, the second quarter saw both teams exchange punts to begin the quarter. On Pittsburgh’s second drive of the quarter, Ben Roethlisberger had his pass tipped, and intercepted.
It was the third interception, and fourth turnover, of the game.
The Browns weren’t able to turn the takeaway into points, and the Steelers put together their best drive of the game right after. Starting at their own 11, Roethlisberger connected with James Washington on multiple occasions to move the ball into Cleveland territory. But the drive didn’t stop there. Facing a critical 4th and 1 at the 2-yard line, James Conner barely got the yardage necessary for the first down. The next play was a Conner touchdown, making the score 28-7 with 1:44 left in the first half.
Right when you thought the Steelers could scratch and claw their way back into the game, the Browns drove right down the field with ease. Mayfield made plays when necessary, sometimes with his legs, and the final play was a pass to Austin Hooper, making the score 35-7 with 34 seconds left in the half.
Pittsburgh’s offense was able to get into Chris Boswell’s field goal range, and Boswell nailed a 49-yard field goal to make the score 35-10 at halftime.