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Steve Bisciotti sent encouraging text message to John Harbaugh

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Inside the Ravens' victorious locker room Saturday night, coach John Harbaugh read aloud to the players as he relayed a text message on his phone from majority owner Steve Bisciotti.

Suffering from the flu, Bisciotti wasn't able to attend the Ravens' dramatic 38-35 double-overtime victory over the Denver Broncos.

Even before the outcome was decided, Bisciotti wanted to express his pride in the AFC North champions to Harbaugh. So, Bisciotti texted Harbaugh with the Ravens trailing by a touchdown late in the fourth quarter in Denve.

"I've never texted you during a game," said Harbaugh in the locker room afterward as he read the message to the players. "We are down, 35-28. And I think it's the best game I've ever seen us in the playoffs since 2000. Win or lose, I am so proud of the team and proud of you."

Following Jacoby Jones' 70-yard game-tying touchdown catch in the final minute of regulation, the Ravens won the game on Justin Tucker's 47-yard field goal in the second overtime.

"I'm not going to say on his deathbed, but he was really sick," Harbaugh said. "He couldn't get up and move around at all. … It was just something I thought the team needed to hear coming from him. He's a great leader. Our players love him.

"They love when he's around. He's an inspiration to all our guys. This organization, he sets the tone here. It's a great organization because of his vision. The guys needed to hear that in that moment. I think they appreciated hearing it."

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