DENVER — Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub, a former Atlanta Falcon, outplayed Peyton Manning on Sunday and lost a chunk of his ear for his troubles.
Schaub suffered the ear injury during a brutal hit that drew a penalty. He came back, however, throwing a fourth touchdown against a confused Denver Broncos defense en route to a 31-25 victory.
Schaub’s final touchdown pass came about 10 minutes after he was leveled by Joe Mays, which resulted in Denver’s second consecutive roughing-the-passer penalty and, eventually, a Texans field goal for a 24-11 lead. Schaub came out for a play and had a big, bloody mark on his left ear.
“I felt fine,” Schaub said. “I just lost a piece of my ear. I was bleeding and my helmet came off. So, I had to come out for a play, but I was fine.”
Houston improved to 3-0 for the first time in the franchise’s 11 seasons. The Texans won for only the third time in 19 tries against Manning — and the first time ever in a road game.
Schaub played for the Falcons, mostly as a backup, from 2004 through 2006.