To start the second quarter the Steelers were putting together another solid drive, this one was highlighted by Najee Harris running the ball. The rookie running back was getting at least four yards a run, and a 21-yard gain put the Steelers in field goal range. Unfortunately, the Steelers would have to rely on a Chris Boswell field goal to make the score 10-3 with 12:42 left in the second quarter.
After both teams exchanged three-and-outs, it was Denver who struck next. A Javonte Williams 49 yard run got the Broncos inside the 10 yard line. After Williams was flagged for delay of game for spiking the ball out of the field of play, it pushed the Broncos back. On 2nd down Devin Bush came through the line and sacked Teddy Bridgewater for a loss of 12. 3rd down failed, and another field goal made the score 10-6 with 5:50 left in the half.
With JuJu Smith-Schuster leaving the game with a shoulder injury, it was Chase Claypool who stood tall. Claypool, defended by Von Miller, caught a pass over the middle and raced 59-yards for the huge gain. A defensive pass interference call on Denver put the ball at the one yard line, and Najee Harris did the rest.
Boswell was good, again, making the score 17-6 with 2:12 left in the first half.
The Broncos took just 35 seconds off the clock, giving the Steelers’ offense another chance with 1:31 left and two timeouts in their back pocket. Starting from their own 10 yard line, but they would be content going into halftime with a 17-6 lead.