The NBC goal-to-go graphic.

It’s always fun when announcers discuss a streak that immediately ends, and that happened on NBC’s Sunday Night Football coverage of the New Orleans Saints-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game this week. With Tampa Bay trailing 31-0 in the third quarter (a deficit Tom Brady hadn’t seen in a few years), the Bucs’ Mike Edwards recovered a Drew Brees fumble and took it back 31 yards, setting up first and 10 at the 21.

That then turned into 1st and 10 at the 12 after a pass to Mike Evans, and 1st and goal at the one after a (controversial) pass interference call against Janoris Jenkins. And that led to Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth discussing how the Bucs had scored on every goal-to-go situation so far this year (in 22 attempts) and how the Saints had allowed a touchdown on every goal-to-go situation so far this year (in 13 attempts):

And, yep, both of those streaks promptly came to an end. Brady threw an incomplete pass for Evans, then Ronald Jones II was stopped on a plunge, then Rob Gronkowski dropped a pass, and then Brady threw incomplete for Evans again, leading to a turnover on downs.

That was certainly a notable stat, especially with the Bucs being perfect in that situation and the Saints being completely imperfect in that situation. And there isn’t actually an announcer jinx; it wasn’t what Michaels and Collinsworth said that caused this. But it was certainly funny to see that stat immediately change right after it was shown and discussed.

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Andrew Bucholtz is a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. He previously worked at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.