Photos: Pacquiao, Pitt & more sports drama

December, 11, 2012
Losing hurts. Double, if it comes by way of a thunderous punch to the head.

That's what Manny Pacquiao found out Saturday night, when a single blow from Juan Manuel Marquez sent him to the canvas and a knockout loss.

Of course, Pacquiao wasn't the only person to experience the pain of losing this weekend. So, Playbook and the aptly named Tumblr "The Agony of Defeat" bring you a collection of dramatic recent sports photos, all showing the other side of a sports outcome -- the beaten.

Check them out:

Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao in Las VegasAl Bello/Getty ImagesPacquiao experienced defeat for the first time in four fights with Marquez, after two wins and a draw.

Manchester United and Manchester City of the England Premier LeagueJohn Peters/Getty ImagesGoalkeeper Joe Hart (middle) and his Manchester City teammates (in blue) saw their derby with Manchester United go to the rivals 3-2, thanks to a stoppage-time free-kick goal by Robin Van Persie.

Indiana Hoosiers-Georgetown Hoyas NCAA soccer championshipAP Photo/Dave MartinIt's hard to fault a team making its first title-game appearance -- as the Georgetown Hoyas were, in the NCAA men's soccer tournament -- for losing. But that didn't take away the sting from Brandon Allen & Co. after a 1-0 defeat to the Indiana Hoosiers.

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers during a loss to the Utah JazzStephen Dunn/Getty ImagesKobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are still searching, after a 117-110 loss to the Utah Jazz made it four defeats in five.

Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers against the San Diego ChargersAP Photo/Gene J. PuskarWith Ben Roethlisberger under center for the Pittsburgh Steelers and a struggling San Diego Chargers team in town, it seemed like a walk-through -- only the visitors won 34-24 to keep the Steelers' playoff hopes in a bit of doubt.

The Baltimore Ravens after losing to Washington 31-28Rob Carr/Getty ImagesLuckily for Pittsburgh, the rival Baltimore Ravens fell to rallying Washington, leaving the AFC North leaders at 9-4 (two games up on Pittsburgh and the Cincinnati Bengals).

John Skelton and Ryan Lindley Kevin Casey/Getty ImagesSeattle 58, Arizona 0. For John Skelton, Ryan Lindley & Co., what else can be said?

Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons against the Carolina PanthersBob Donnan/USA TODAY SportsMatt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons still are tied for the league's best record at 11-2, but an emphatic 30-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers brought them slightly closer to Earth.

Matt Schaub, Gary Kubiak and the Houston Texans against the New England Patriots on Monday Night FootballAP Photo/Steven SenneMatt Schaub, Gary Kubiak and the Houston Texans earned a dubious distinction Monday: With a 42-14 loss to the New England Patriots, they became the first team with the NFL's best record through 10-plus games to lose by that much since 1997.

To see more photos like this, visit The Agony of Defeat on Tumblr.



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