The Seahawks started the second half with the football, and it looked like a completely different team came out of the locker room in the third quarter. Alex Collins nearly single-handedly drove the Seattle offense down the field, and punched it in for the first Seahawks touchdown. After the point-after, the score was 14-7 with 9:55 left in the third quarter.
Needing an answer, Roethlisberger took to the air and hit Ray-Ray McCloud and Diontae Johnson for big gains to move the ball into Seattle territory. Once in the red-zone, the drive stalled and Pittsburgh settled for a Chris Boswell field goal, making the score 17-7 with 5:46 left in the third quarter.
The Steelers defense turned to what most consider their better half, the defense, to preserve the 10 point lead. However, the Steelers’ second half defense was anything but elite, giving up big play after big play. The end result of the drive was a Geno Smith touchdown pass to Will Dissly which made the score 17-14 with 3:02 left in the quarter.
Desperately needing a drive, the Steelers offense went three-and-out, giving the ball right back to the red-hot Seahawks offense.
The Seahawks offense was nearing the red-zone at the end of the third quarter.