The Cowboys scored the first 10 points of the game before a Shaun Suisham 32-yard field goal in the second quarter broke the ice for the Steelers. Dallas could have potentially had a lead at the half but running back DeMarco Murray lost a fumble in the Pittsburgh red zone late in the first quarter. Dallas got a 50-yard field goal from Dan Bailey and a 17-yard touchdown reception from Jason Witten through the first two quarters.
Ben Roethlisberger made the Cowboys pay late in the first half when he bought time and found Heath Miller for the tying score with 34 seconds remaining in the half. The 30-yard touchdown reception capped a seven-play, 73-yard drive. Pittsburgh had 124 yards for the half before the drive.
Steelers quarterback Roethlisberger was 13-for-25 in the first half for 163 yards and a touchdown. Dallas' Tony Romo was 12-of-17 for 158 yards and a touchdown. Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray led all rushers with 62 yards on nine carries. The Steelers managed just 34 rushing yards on nine first-half carries. Miller led all receivers with 85 yards and a touchdown on six receptions.