Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 10/8/12

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 19: NBC commenator Cris Collinsworth reports from the sidelines as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Seattle Seahawks at Raymond James Stadium on October 19, 2008 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Cris Collinsworth correctly predicted the ending of the Chargers-Saints game on Sunday night after noticing that San Diego left tackle Jared Gaither could hardly move.

Gaither was beaten by Saints defensive end Martez Wilson on a 2nd and 10 play which forced Philip Rivers to release the ball earlier than he wanted to. The result was an incompletion leaving San Diego in a 3rd and 10 situation with 19 seconds left.

“Gaither looks lame,” said Collinsworth while analyzing a replay of the second down play. “He’s going to have to get some help here or Wilson’s going to get a sack to end this game. They have to realize now that Jared Gaither’s really hurt. He’s having a tough time moving.”

Sure enough, Wilson beat Gaither on the play and recorded a sack, strip, and fumble recovery to give New Orleans the ball and their first win of the season, 31-24 over the Chargers.

This is the exact reason why I enjoy Collinsworth as an analyst. Unlike other broadcasters who speak in generalities and cliches, Collinsworth actually watches the game and reacts to what he sees in front of him. He’s not using planned lines to describe players, he’s calling things based on what’s unfolding. And in that situation, he could tell Gaither was injured and that the Chargers would be in trouble if they didn’t replace him. He was right.

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