The Steelers opened the second quarter converting on a key fourth-and-one, with Le’Veon Bell diving for the yard. Bell had no gain on the ensuing play and then Ben Roethlisberger hit Heath Miller for nine yards. Bell was stopped for no gain, setting up the second fourth-and-one of the drive. The Steelers went for it again, this time from the New England 32-yard line. Bell was stopped short for a one-yard loss, giving the Patriots possession.
The Patriots got rolling with Stevan Ridley rushing for four and 13 yards. Tom Brady connected with Rob Gronkowski for 13 yards, and then hit his tight end again for a 19-yard touchdown and 14-0 New England lead.
Roethlisberger went to work out of the no-huddle, hitting Emmanuel Sanders for 42 yards to the New England 34-yard line. Roethlisberger hit Antonio Brown for 17 yards, but on third-and-five from the 12-yard line couldn’t connect again with Sanders. Shaun Suisham cut the lead to 14-3 with a 30-yard field goal.
Brady continued to go to the air, hitting Gronkowski for nine yards and then finding a wide-open Danny Amendola for 57 yards to the 10-yard line. Cam Heyward sacked Brady for an eight-yard loss, and Brandon Bolden was tackled by Heyward and Ryan Clark three yards short of the goal line. Stephen Gostkowski’s 20-yard field goal put the Patriots back up by two touchdowns, 17-3.
Roethlisberger worked out of the no-huddle on the next drive, hitting Heath Miller for 11 yards. Jonathan Dwyer broke off left tackle for a 30 yard gain to the Patriots’ 27-yard line. Roethlisberger then went deep, hitting Brown for a 27-yard touchdown, getting to within a touchdown at 17-10.
The Patriots got the ball with under two minutes to play, and aided by two pass interference penalties, Brady drove them down to the one-yard line where Ridley took it in for the touchdown and a 24-10 halftime lead over the Steelers.
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