The Steelers were able to get their first non-penalty first down to start the second quarter, but the drive stalled near midfield.
After the Steelers’ defense did their job and got the ball back to the offense, it felt as if driving the length of the field was an insurmountable task. What happened was the offense had their best drive of the game. Big runs by Najee Harris, and huge third down completions to JuJu Smith-Schuster and Chase Claypool moved the offense into field goal range.
Coming off the two-minute warning, facing a 3rd and 5, Roethlisberger hit Harris in the flat for a big gain of 18 yards, and put the offense inside the 10-yard line. On the next play Roethlisberger hit Pat Freiermuth for the touchdown pass.
Would not be stopped @_BigBen7 | @pat_fry5 | : CBS pic.twitter.com/R9Y4QiGqMS— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 26, 2021
Chris Boswell’s point after was good, resulting in a 7-7 tie with 1:09 left in the first half.
Trying to get into field goal range, the Bengals’ offense was aided by a questionable roughing the passer call on Melvin Ingram III. After another completion Cincinnati was in field goal range, with 43 seconds left. The next pass was from Burrow to Ja’Marr Chase for the Bengals’ touchdown for 34 yards. In the blink of an eye, the Bengals took a 14-7 lead into halftime.