The second quarter started badly for the Steelers when Colts defensive end Robert Mathis stripped Roethlisberger for sack and a fumble. Indianapolis capitalized on the turnover with an Adam Vinatieri field goal. Joseph Addai did good work on the scoring drive, running the ball with a good deal of success. Polamalu broke up Kerry Collins’ third down pass attempt to Dallas Clark in the end zone to force the field goal.
On the ensuing drive the turnover bug bit the Steelers again, this time with disastrous results when Dwight Freeney hit Ben forcing another fumble. To complicate matters, Colts defensive end Jamaal Anderson scooped up the ball and rumbled 47 yards for a touchdown, tying the game at 10 apiece.
Two plays later, to keep with the turnover theme, Ben threw a brutal pick to rookie defensive back Joe Lefeged, which was returned back to the Pittsburgh 12 yard line. The Steeler defense would stiffen and hold the Colts to another Vinatieri field goal, this time giving Indianapolis a 13-10 lead.