To start the second quarter, the Packers faced a 3rd and 5, which was completed to Randall Cobb giving them a 1st and goal situation. The next play Rodgers scrambled for the game-tying score. With 13:22 left in the second quarter, the score was tied 7-7.
With the Steelers’ defense gassed, a time consuming drive was needed from the Steelers’ offense. When facing a 3rd down and 6, Ben Roethlisberger faced pressure and was sacked, also fumbling on the play. The ball was recovered by Green Bay, setting them up just outside the red-zone for their next offensive possession.
Despite being penalized multiple times, it was only a matter of time until Rodgers struck through the air. His first passing touchdown of the game went to Randall Cobb, and gave the Packers at 14-7 lead with 10:55 left in the first half.
Desperately needing a drive, Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense was able to deliver. However, the drive which was highlighted by passes to Eric Ebron, James Washington and runs by Najee Harris stalled in field goal range. Chris Boswell’s 52-yard kick banked off the upright and in to make the score 14-10 with 5:41 left in the second quarter.
Rodgers and company remained red-hot, and moved quickly into field goal range. With two timeouts remaining, and 24 seconds left, Rodgers faced a 3rd and 10. Joe Schobert was able to break up the pass, forcing a Mason Crosby field goal. The field goal looked to be blocked, and returned for a touchdown, but a defensive false start gave Crosby another shot. The second kick was good, making the score 17-10 heading into halftime.
The Packers will receive the football to start the 3rd quarter.