The Pittsburgh Steelers kept themselves in the 2011 Super Bowl with seconds to go in the first half, as Ben Roethlisberger dragged them downfield for an eight-yard touchdown pass to Hines Ward, cutting the Green Bay Packers’ lead to 21-10 at halftime. Now, at least, Roethlisberger and company will be able to watch the Black Eyed Peas’ Super Bowl halftime show with a lighter heart.
Roethlisberger finishes the half an uneven 13-for-21 with 143 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Aaron Rodgers has been the story of the first half, with his two touchdowns, and Roethlisberger and Ward, who has four receptions for 43 yards, will need to continue to party like it’s XL for the foreseeable future if they’re to run the Packers down.
Passing has indeed been crucial in the first half—both teams have combined for 67 yards from their running backs, while Antwaan Randle-El has a 37-yard reception and the Packers have three receivers with catches of 20 yards or more.
So far it looks like defense might indeed win this championship—but it hasn’t, so far, been the Steelers’ vaunted defense.