Thanks to a 23-yard punt return by the Steelers’ Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh started its first scoring drive of the evening on the Broncos’ 38-yard line.
The Steelers were able to push the ball inside the Broncos’ 10-yard line before the Denver defense stiffened near the goal line. Champ Bailey came up with a pass breakup on first-and-goal from the 3-yard line, and Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s second-down pass attempt was caught, but out of bounds thanks to tight coverage from linebacker Keith Brooking. On third-and-goal, Roethlisberger’s pass was broken up by cornerback Tracy Porter.
Shaun Suisham’s 21-yard field goal gave the Steelers a 3-0 lead with 10:10 remaining in the second quarter.