Steelers defense holding strong, but Pittsburgh trails 9-6

Surprise, surprise neither team has found the end zone.

We’ve reached halftime in Pittsburgh and both defenses are flexing their muscles. The Ravens and Steelers have been exchanging field goals all night and the Ravens hold a 9-6 lead.

It looked like Baltimore was going to take care of that whole not-finding-the-end zone label pretty fast, as running back Ray Rice took the opening handoff 76 yards for a touchdown. Fortunately for Pittsburgh, a holding call on Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith negated what would have been a quick 7-0 lead for the visiting team.

The Ravens still amassed a solid opening drive, driving all the way to the 1-yard line before settling for a field goal to go ahead 3-0. It’s been all field goals ever since.

From a numbers standpoint, the Ravens hold the slight upper hand. While the Steelers’ defense has been solid thus far, Joe Flacco has been very effective on third down, converting seven of 11 times. Baltimore holds the edge in total yards (176-133) and time of possession (18:13-11:47).

As expected, neither team has had success on the ground. Pittsburgh has only 26 yards while Baltimore has just 37. Neither defense has forced a turnover so far, but both have come very close as would-be interceptions have slipped through the fingers of more than one defender.

The Steelers will receive the ball to start the second half and it’s clear we’re in for a memorable second half. It may not have all the fireworks of an offensive shootout, but who honestly expected to see that tonight?