The Steelers converted on a 4th and 1 at the end of the first quarter, and set up the offense at the Bears’ 25-yard line. Ben Roethlisberger was able to orchestrate a drive which resulted in a Pat Friermuth touchdown reception on third and goal.
Chris Boswell’s point-after made the score 14-0 with 13:22 left in the first half.
After both teams exchanged punts, a promising Bears drive was moved in the wrong direction thanks to T.J. Watt’s second sack of the game and a holding penalty. When it looked like a field goal was guaranteed, the Bears were punting the ball back to the Steelers again.
The Steelers’ offense continued to stall, and it was the Bears who had an opportunity to add points to their total with two minutes remaining in the half. Back-to-back passes from Fields to Cole Kmet set the offense in a first-and-goal situation, but they settled for a field goal to head into halftime with a 14-3 score.