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 -- featuring some surprising losses and one devastating injury:
Tom Brady has been here before, and made it this time because of his New England Patriots' 24-23 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, one in which Brady's crew led by 13 points midway through the fourth. Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images The Dallas Cowboys clawed back from 31-23 down to almost tie it -- but missed the two-point conversion. Then, after an onside kick, Dan Bailey, left, missed a 51-yard field goal that would have won the game for the Cowboys against the Baltimore Ravens. Doug Kapustin/Getty Images Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers felt the crush of defeat against the New York Giants, 26-3. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez The Philip Rivers Experience continued Monday night, with the San Diego Chargers' quarterback, right, turning over the ball six times to send his team to a 35-24 loss against the Denver Broncos. Jeff Gross/Getty Images Talk of an undefeated Houston Texans season hushed quickly as Matt Schaub and Co. were crushed at home by the Green Bay Packers, dropping the Texans to 5-1. Thomas Campbell/US Presswire Drew Storen's Friday night was quite nightmarish, as the Washington Nationals' closer let a two-run ninth-inning lead go in a 9-7 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the decisive Game 5 of the NLDS. AP Photo/Alex Brandon The most painful loss -- or at least one of them -- had to be Derek Jeter's, who broke his ankle during the New York Yankees' Game 1 loss to the Detroit Tigers. Jeter will miss the rest of the playoffs. Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports
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