B.J. Sander Once Outpassed Brett Favre. Sort Of.
Once upon a time, B.J. Sander posted a higher passer rating in a game than Brett Favre.
It's true: the legendary third round pick once posted better passing numbers in a game than the newly minted Hall of Famer.
It was November 13, 2005. The Packers were in the midst of a 4-12 season when they traveled to Atlanta to face the Falcons. Midway through the third quarter, the Packers held a tenuous 20-14 lead.
After forcing a Michael Vick fumble, the Packers stalled quickly. So, on 4th and 6 from the Atlanta 33-yard-line, Mike Sherman turned to his secret offensive weapon: B.J. Sander.
Off a fake punt, Sander completed a pass to tight end Bubba Franks. For four yards.
Turnover on downs.
Fortunately, Atlanta's offense didn't do much with their second opportunity and the Packers eventually won out, largely behind Samkon Gado's 25 carries.
Brett Favre finished the day a fairly pedestrian 26 of 39 for 252 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. His passer rating was just 82.4.
But B.J. Sander? His perfect completion percentage and four yards through the air earned him a sparkling 83.3 passer rating, nearly a full point higher than Favre's.
For one day, the third round punter nobody wanted beat Brett Favre.