Agony of Defeat: Close calls and big losses

September, 21, 2012
Losses. Bad breaks. When these things happen, players and coaches and fans wear the fallout on their faces, showing a side of sports that's painful -- but also compelling. Playbook is working with the Tumblr "The Agony of Defeat" to find the most eye-catching photographic examples each week.

Here are the selections from the past seven days, mostly from football as the season heats up:

JD FalslevAP Photo/Rick BowmerThey had two shots to tie the game because of a bizarre penalty, but receiver JD Falslev and BYU couldn't take down heated rival Utah in Salt Lake City. The final, after the missed field goals: 24-21.
Tom BradyJared Wickerham/Getty ImagesThe New England Patriots, too, had a chance to win late, but a missed field goal by Stephen Gostkowski sent Tom Brady & Co. off with a surprising home loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
RomoStephen Brashear/Getty ImagesThe ecstasy of an opening-week win over the Super Bowl champs? Erased for Tony Romo and the Cowboys, thanks to a thunderous loss on the road against the Seattle Seahawks.
Mike Shanahan, Josh MorganScott Rovak/US PRESSWIREMike Shanahan, left, and several Washington players weren't happy with a penalty committed by Josh Morgan (15), which pushed the team out of field goal range while down by three to the Rams.
Wandy RodriguezAP Photo/Gene J. PuskarPittsburgh Pirates pitcher Wandy Rodriguez this week showed the anguish of his team's collapse.
Lane KiffinKyle Terada/US PresswireLane Kiffin's USC Trojans once again couldn't solve Stanford, jeopardizing their BCS title hopes.
To see more photos like this, visit The Agony of Defeat on Tumblr.



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