DENVER - Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has written a letter to fans calling the loss to the Ravens a "gut-wrenching disappointment."
"I feel terrible for our players, coaches and staff who put forth maximum effort throughout the year," Bowlen wrote in the letter published on the Denver Broncos website. "But most importantly, my heart aches for you. The energy and enthusiasm you provided us this past year were infectious and carried us to great accomplishments. Your passionate backing allowed us to ascend as the season progressed. To have it end so suddenly is certainly most painful for you."
Bowlen said he shares and understands the deep disappointment fans are feeling.
"[The loss] marked the bitter end to an otherwise successful season," Bowlen wrote.
"I said publicly last year that I wanted 2012 to be a great season, not just a good season. We certainly had a very good season and perhaps exceeded a few expectations. But Broncos fans, you and I know what a great season looks like," Bowlen wrote.
Bowlen said he plans to stop reflecting soon and start working on one thing for 2013 -- bringing another Super Bowl victory back to Denver.
Bowlen said he wrote the letter to summarize his thoughts on the 2012 season and thank fans for their tremendous support this year.
"From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for the passion, enthusiasm and overwhelming support you gave us this past season," Bowlen wrote.
Read the entire letter on the Denver Broncos website.