The Browns decided to go for it on 4th and 1 to start the second quarter, and Nick Chubb was stopped for no gain for a turnover on downs.
The Steelers were able to turn that turnover into points; however, the drive was marred by penalties. On a run by Ray-Ray McCloud which looked to get the Steelers inside the 5 yard line was negated by a hold on James Washington, and several other penalties thwarted the drive and ended in a Chris Boswell field goal. The kick made the score 3-3 with 9:18 left in the half.
Neither offense was able to muster a drive in their next possessions, but after a Cleveland three-and-out the Steelers put together another impressive drive. After a big third down completion to Diontae Johnson, and 17-yard run by Chase Claypool, Najee Harris’ hard-nosed running put the Steelers in the red-zone at the two-minute warning.
After a failed third down, it looked like the Steelers would take a Chris Boswell chip shot field goal to give them the lead. Instead, they faked the field goal and it fell incomplete. Boswell, who was hit late on the play, was injured and the Steelers defense took over.
The Browns drive didn’t result in points, and the score remained 3-3 at halftime.