The Steelers answered Denver’s touchdown drive with a 14-play, 79-yard scoring march highlighted by long completions by Roethlisberger. First, a 27-yard pass to Antonio Brown set Pittsburgh up at the Broncos’ 18-yard line. Three plays later, Roethlisberger scrambled around and found Emmanuel Sanders for a 17-yard gain to give his team first-and-goal from the Broncos’ 4-yard line.
After a spike on first-and-goal and an incompletion, Roethlisberger found tight end Heath Miller open in the end zone on third down for a 4-yard touchdown strike to make it 10-7 with 32 seconds remaining in the first half.
Peyton Manning kneeled the ball for the Broncos on the next possession to bring about halftime.
At halftime, Denver and Pittsburgh are evenly matched in several statistical categories, including first downs, with the Steelers having nine to the Broncos’ eight. Pittsburgh also has a slight edge in total yards of offense, 143-126.
Manning completed 10-of-14 passes for 98 yards in the first half, while Roethlisberger is currently 9-for-16 passing for 120 yards and a touchdown.
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