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Monday, December 19, 2011
Halftime: Steelers' power outage

By Jamison Hensley

SAN FRANCISCO -- In a game that has been delayed twice by power outages, the Pittsburgh Steelers haven't generated much themselves on the offensive side of the ball. That's why Pittsburgh trails the 49ers, 6-0, at halftime.

The Steelers were shut out in the first half for the second time this season and only the third time in four seasons. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was limited by his high-ankle sprain, completing 14 of 23 passes for 141 yards in the first two quarters. Unable to step into throws, he completed one pass for more than 10 yards and was intercepted twice on long throws.

Pittsburgh's biggest mistake occurred in the final minute of the first half. After a 7-yard completion to Mewelde Moore, the Steelers allowed 19 seconds to tick off the clock before running another play with 11 seconds remaining. Pittsburgh could have stopped the clock because it had one timeout left.

The half ended with a 24-yard pass to Antonio Brown as time expired.

Some other thoughts at halftime: