After the failed conversion, Bortles and company moved the ball down the field with ease, again, and were able to put another touchdown on the board. This time it wasn’t Fournette, but T.J. Yeldon who added to their lead. After his run, the score turned 21-0.
Desperately needing points, Pittsburgh rode Le’Veon Bell and Eli Rogers into the red-zone, and Roethlisberger threw his first touchdown pass of the game when he hit Antonio Brown in the back corner of the end-zone to cut into the Jaguars lead. The Chris Boswell point-after made the score 21-7.
How do you do it, @AB84? pic.twitter.com/JS5XEIpdRV— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) January 14, 2018
After the Pittsburgh defense forced a Jacksonville punt, and the Steelers moved the ball into Jacksonville territory, Roethlisberger was sacked and fumbled the football. The ball was picked up and taken 50-yards by Telvin Smith for another Jaguars’ touchdown, making the score 28-7 with 2:20 left in the first half. It was Roethlisberger’s second turnover of the first half.
Facing a 4th-and-11 with 32-seconds left in the half on their next possession, Roethlisberger hit Martavis Bryant with a bomb for a Pittsburgh touchdown to make the score 28-14 with just 25-seconds left in the half. The Steelers, who elected to defer at the start of the game, were set up to receive the football to start the second half.