Throughout this week, we'll have various Detroit Lions talk about the best game they ever played in -- college or pro.
All the players I spoke with for this -- one for each day of the week -- ended up going with an NFL game.
Wednesday continues with former Lions' tight end Charlie Sanders.
Date: Nov. 26, 1970
Opponent: Oakland Raiders, at Tiger Stadium
Score: Detroit 28, Oakland 14
How Sanders fared: Sanders had three catches for 37 yards in the game, but two of those receptions were for touchdowns -- including the game-tying and go-ahead scores.
Why this game: "We were behind 14-0 in the first quarter and I ended up with two touchdowns against the Oakland Raiders. We parlayed that victory into three other ones that got us into the playoffs. I still think about the catch because I don’t know how I caught it. It was the first touchdown. I just said 'dive.' That's all I remember. It stuck. That kind of got the momentum going and we ended up winning that game. That was the year we came together as a team, 1970. I think that was the best team the Lions ever had. Ever had. With Barry [Sanders] and the whole bit. I thought that was the best team.
"... I think it jelled at the right time and the overall talent and experience, all of that. I think that we were so well balanced, it was what made us so effective as a team. The offense and the defense started to jell and this is what happens every year, if you start to jell at the right time. It was the most prepared and most talented team."