It’s been over a decade since Mike Tyson bit a piece of Evander Holyfield’s ear off in a boxing match and still to this day whenever ears are mentioned in sports, that’s the first thing we think of. After today, Texans fans will be calling Sunday’s win over the Denver Broncos the Ear Game after quarterback Matt Schaub literally sacrificed a piece of his body leading Houston to their first ever 3-0 start.
In the third quarter of Houston’s 31-25 win over the Peyton Manning led Broncos, linebacker Von Miller rushed Matt Schaub and proceeded to rip his helmet off his head, and unbeknownst to him, took a part of Shaub’s ear with it. Miller was called for roughing the passer, and Schaub incredibly missed just one play.
“I felt fine. I lost a piece of my ear,” Schaub said after the game.
Despite losing part of his ear, Schaub didn’t lose his stride or his focus as he continued to lead the Texans on to the franchise’s first ever 3-0 start, as the Texans are likely now the new No. 1 team in the NFL with the 49ers getting upset by the Vikings earlier in the day.
As Greg Rosenthal pointed out in a piece on NFL.com, Schaub made a play late in the game where he perfectly threaded the needle to Andre Johnson on a big time third down — the type of play elite, Super Bowl caliber quarterbacks make.
Schaub may be missing a part of his ear, but that’ll be a piece easily filled by a slew of NFL awards and eventually a Lombardi trophy come February. It may be too early to call, but it looks like that’s where the Texans are heading as not even literally taking pieces of body parts off the Texans has stopped them so far this season.