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Photos: The other side of the NFL playoffs

It's an aspiration for some, an expectation for others, but in no way a guarantee of joy: making the NFL playoffs.

Because, as we've seen these last three weeks -- and as we'll see on one side in two more weeks -- the pain of losing is even more pronounced when the postseason comes around. It stings. And it shows.

So with 10 of the season's 11 elimination games finished and only the Super Bowl to be contested, Playbook and the aptly named Tumblr "The Agony of Defeat" now bring you a collection of dramatic photos showing the pain of playoff losses.

Check them out:

Wild-Card Round

Baltimore Ravens 24, Indianapolis Colts 9

Houston Texans 19, Cincinnati Bengals 13

Green Bay Packers 24, Minnesota Vikings 10

Seattle Seahawks 24, Washington Redskins 14

Divisional Round

Baltimore Ravens 38, Denver Broncos 35 (2 OT)

San Francisco 49ers 45, Green Bay Packers 31

Atlanta Falcons 30, Seattle Seahawks 28

New England Patriots 41, Houston Texans 28

Conference Championship Round

Baltimore Ravens 28, New England Patriots 13

San Francisco 49ers 28, Atlanta Falcons 24

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