After scoring their first touchdown of the game late in the first half, the AFC continued their comeback in the third quarter. With Phillip Rivers returning to the game in hopes of redeeming himself after throwing two interceptions in the first quarter, the AFC drove down the field and scored. Rivers competed a 16-yard pass to Reggie Wayne for the touchdown on their opening possession of the half.
They would score again just five seconds later. A miscommunication between Devin Hester and DeAngelo Hall on the ensuing kickoff return led to Hester fumbling the ball on an attempted reverse, and Montell Owens recovering for another AFC touchdown.
The game slowed down a bit after that, with the two teams trading long drives to close out the third quarter. Matt Ryan and Michael Turner led the NFC on a 10-play drive that would end with a David Akers field goal. The AFC then answered with an 11-play drive of their own. Bill Belichick elected to go for it on fourth-and-three from the NFC 28-yard line, and completed a long touchdown play to Marcedes Lewis of the Jaguars. The lead was trimmed to just 17 points, but will it be too little too late for the AFC?