Mike Tirico Jan 1, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; NBC Sports broadcaster Mike Tirico before the game between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

A source of humor here for many years has been networks’ unanimous pre-game predictions that go awry. The Shutdown Fullcast‘s Jason Kirk once theorized that one person on every panel should commit to defying the unanimous pick to avoid that kind of memeing, and while we don’t know if that was Mike Tirico’s thought process ahead of Sunday Night Football, that was certainly the end result:

Final score: Titans 28, Rams 16. (With seven of those Rams’ points coming in the final minute.) Amazingly, too, it’s not like this was even close to Sunday’s biggest upset; the Titans were 6-2 coming in to the Rams’ 7-1, and while the Rams were 7.5 point favorites, the Jaguars (+14.5 versus the Bills) and Broncos (+10 versus the Cowboys) were bigger underdogs who won. So Tirico (seen above in 2017) did well to go against the grain here, and he saved SNF from a thorough memeing.

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.