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Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Photos: Georgia, Ravens & Agony of Defeat

By The Agony of Defeat

Few things are more painful than watching a shot at a championship slip away -- especially when a mistake is involved.

That's what happened to the Georgia Bulldogs, who lost 32-28 to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC championship game thanks in part to some questionable clock management.

Naturally, the Bulldogs wore the agony on their faces. And they weren't the only ones to suffer tough falls this past week. So, Playbook and the aptly named Tumblr "The Agony of Defeat" bring you a collection of dramatic sports photos from the past week, all showing the other side of a sports outcome -- the beaten.

Aaron Murray after the Georgia Bulldogs loss in the SEC Championship Game to the Alabama Crimson Tide
QB Aaron Murray could only answer questions after UGA's loss, which came in part thanks to coach Mark Richt's decision not to spike the ball with the clock running and the Bulldogs deep in Bama territory.

Arthur Lynch with the Georgia Bulldogs after losing to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship Game
Arthur Lynch, who caught three passes on UGA's late drive, could do nothing but wonder what if.

P.J. Smith and the Nebraska Cornhuskers at the Big Ten Championship Game against the Wisconsin Badgers
P.J. Smith and the Nebraska Cornhuskers entered the Big Ten championship game as favorites but were stunningly whipped by Wisconsin 70-31.

Ricardo Clark and Houston Dynamo at the MLS Cup against Los Angeles Galaxy
Also denied a championship: Ricardo Clark and Houston Dynamo, who led Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 at halftime but surrendered three goals in the final 45 minutes of the MLS Cup.

Ryan Harrow and Alex Poythress of the the Kentucky Wildcats against the Baylor Bears
Ryan Harrow, right, Alex Poythress and the Kentucky Wildcats had a rough week, losing to Notre Dame and Baylor (which snapped their 55-game home winning streak), then falling out of the poll from No. 8 -- the largest drop in Top 25 history.

Colin Kaepernick with the San Francisco 49ers against the St. Louis Rams
A cloudy quarterback situation might have gotten even grayer as the Colin Kaepernick-led San Francisco 49ers couldn't put the St. Louis Rams away, then lost 16-13 in overtime.

Chicago Bears after their loss to the Seattle Seahawks
The host Chicago Bears entered Sunday in first in the NFC North but lost 23-17 in overtime to the Seattle Seahawks and rookie quarterback Russell Wilson -- who were 1-5 on the road going in.

Ndamukong Suh and the Detroit Lions against the Indianapolis Colts
Controversy continued to surround Ndamukong Suh and the Detroit Lions, who were accused of more questionable acts by the Indianapolis Colts -- a team that stole a 35-33 win at the last second.

Eli Manning and the New York Giants
Eli Manning's New York Giants led Washington at halftime but lost 17-16 -- snapping a streak of 26 consecutive road games the team won after leading through two quarters.

Shaun Suisham, Drew Butler and the Pittsburgh Steelers against Asa Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens
As kicker Shaun Suisham, right, and Drew Butler celebrated the Pittsburgh Steelers' 23-20 win, Asa Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens were left to wonder how they lost at home to their biggest rival -- which was absent Ben Roethlisberger.

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