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 -- all from a dramatic week in sports:
Three of the top five college teams lost. One: Terrence Brooks and No. 3 Florida State (to NC State). Streeter Lecka/Getty Images Tharold Simon's LSU Tigers (ranked No. 4) were another of the victims, losing to the Florida Gators. Jake Roth/US Presswire And then there were the fifth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs, crushed by the South Carolina Gamecocks. Daniel Shirey/US Presswire Peyton Manning moved to Denver, then moved to a measly 4-9 against Tom Brady. Jared Wickerham/Getty Images The 2011 Green Bay Packers dreamed of an undefeated season. The 2012 version is 2-3, thanks in part to kicker Mason Crosby's miss of a potentially game-tying field goal against the Colts. Andy Lyons/Getty Images The St. Louis Cardinals were happy, but Atlanta Braves fans weren't during their one-game playoff on Friday -- as evidenced by the bottles thrown on the field after a controversial infield fly rule call. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Two of the eight remaining playoff teams got off to rough starts, including Cliff Pennington and the Oakland Athletics, who lost a pair of close games at the Detroit Tigers to fall behind 2-0. Rick Osentoski/US Presswire The other one: The San Francisco Giants, who -- like the A's -- take an 0-2 deficit into Tuesday. AP Photo/Eric Risberg
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