The first-half fates of the Steelers and Ravens were governed by turnovers. The same is the case early in the second half, but to the delight of Heinz Field faithful, Pittsburgh was finally the beneficiary. The Steelers made sure to capitalize, cutting the Ravens' lead to 21-14.
Baltimore running back Ray Rice had not fumbled throughout 307 regular-season carries, but Pittsburgh's Ryan Clark managed to smack the ball out of his arm. The Steelers took over at the Ravens' 23-yard line, and Rashard Mendenhall, perhaps wishing to atone for his play in the first half, took the ball and rumbled for a 14-yard gain.
On the next play, Ben Roethlisberger threw his first touchdown of the game, a nine-yard strike to wide-open tight end Heath Miller. The Heinz Field crowd, which hadn't had anything to cheer about in some time, erupted.
Heinz is still deafening, in fact, and the Steelers seem to be taking on new life. On the ensuing drive, James Harrison sacked Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, and the front line stuffed Willis McGahee for a loss. Baltimore was forced to punt, and Pittsburgh now has the ball.