After a quick break (they skipped the long halftime due to the weather delay), the Steelers kick off to the Lions. Jerome Felton immediately becomes the target (two runs and a reception), and he gains Detroit a first down. Shaun Hill finds a wide open Gronkowski for a nice gain; they’re down to the Pittsburgh twelve yard line. Running back DeDe Dorsey takes a hit and coughs up the football–Pittsburgh recovers at their own seven. Red zone turnovers, on either end of the field, will kill you as a team.
The Lions defense is exposed big time with the second units still on the field. The strength of the unit is still the defensive line, but they still suffer from inconsistent play. It seems like the 5-10 yard pass will be there for the Steelers to take whenever they want it. Dennis Dixon runs the play fake very well; he’s fooled the Lion defenders a few times on this drive. Personal foul called on the Lions for a late hit. Too many penalties on this drive. The Steelers enter the red zone but settle for a field goal. The D-Line stuffed two runs, and then Dixon was sacked. Still, it was a long drive (over nine minutes) with too many mental errors by the defense. 16-7 Steelers.
Shaun Hill starts the next drive with a twelve yard pass to 7th round pick Tim Toone. A subsequent Tony Scheffler holding call puts the Lions in a 1st and 30 hole. DeDe Dorsey runs for three yards, and then catches a pass, but the Lions are left with a third and long as the quarter ends.