Accomplishing what many considered unthinkable, Boller threw for 253 yards and three touchdowns in the Ravens' 48-3 rout of the Green Bay Packers last night, out-dueling Brett Favre in what might be the final Monday Night Football appearance of a storied career.
Boller shredded the NFL's top-ranked pass defense, completing 19 of 27 passes (70 percent) before leaving with eight minutes left. Eight days after perhaps his worst game - two interceptions and one fumble in Denver - he was nearly perfect, recording a career-best 136.8 quarterback rating (out of a possible 158.3).
There's still no guarantee Boller will return as the starter next year, but at least for one night, he showed the promise the Ravens had long envisioned.
"This means a lot especially with what I've been going through," Boller said. "I felt this game I was going to go out there and play relaxed and smooth ... [and] let the game come to me."
He threw two touchdown passes to tight end Todd Heap (2 and 27 yards) and one to receiver Randy Hymes (13 yards), leading the Ravens to the most points scored in their 10-year history.
In a measure of the Ravens fans' confidence in Boller, one purple-clad fan carried a sign at the beginning of the night that read: "Santa, Please Send Us An NFL Quarterback For Christmas."
Boller then left the field hearing fans chanting his name.
It was quite a turnaround for Boller, whose coach suggested a week ago that he might need to see a sports psychologist to help him calm down.
"It's always good to recognize that's what your potential is and you can live up to that against a very good defense," coach Brian Billick said. "There's never a downside to producing like that."
Favre, meanwhile, was only a shell of his former All-Pro self. He was 14-for-29 for 144 yards and two interceptions, exiting with 2:14 left in the third quarter.
The Ravens, who have struggled at forcing turnovers, came away with five last night, including three from Favre's replacement Aaron Rodgers.
"It just seemed like [Favre] was throwing balls up in the air, which is not typical of him," cornerback Chris McAlister said.
The low point for Favre was a high one in a tumultous season for the Ravens (5-9), who scored two touchdowns in the first quarter for the first time since Billick took over in 1999.
The league's second-lowest-scoring offense beat up the floundering Packers (3-11), totaling 435 yards and eclipsing 40 points for the first time since November 2003, a span of 33 games.
Heap caught nine passes for 110 yards to become the team's all-time leader in receiving yards, and Jamal Lewis gained 100 yards for the second time this season (105 yards on 22 carries).
In the end, the Ravens scored on seven of their first nine possessions, reeling off drives of 18, 75, 96, 63, 72, 56 and 14 yards.
"As a whole offense, we saw what we're capable of," Heap said. "Now, we just need to go and build off that."