It was quite a drop for the quarterback who threw for 5,235 yards, second most in NFL history, and directed the league's second most productive offense.
It was a loss that was very tough to forget.
"All the games you lose, there are plays that you want back," Brady said at media day for the championship rematch. "Certainly, every time you lose, you think there is more that you could have done to help the team win. But when you win, you don't think about any of those things. You think about what you do well."
He'd like nothing more than to spend the offseason thinking about his fourth championship in 12 pro seasons, not his second Super Bowl loss in the last four.
A lot hinges on how he bounces back from a game in which, he said soon after it ended, "I sucked pretty bad."
But don't expect him to change his meticulous, disciplined preparation, regardless of how he played in the previous one.
"The guy is constantly finding ways to get better so his demeanor really never changes," wide receiver Wes Welker said. "He's always out there trying to do whatever he needs to do to win the game."
"The Ravens have a great defense, but we just didn't focus on the small details as well as we have been doing," right guard Brian Waters said. "It's definitely a wakeup call. If we play like that again we will not be successful and we realize that."
That could provide added incentive for him to raise his play in the biggest game.
"He's always highly motivated, but I think he knows what's at stake," Hoyer said. "He's always focused and attentive and passionate about every play in practice so I see that this week. I'm sure it'll continue."
Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch expects Brady to rebound "like the professional that he is, like the best quarterback in the NFL that he is, in my eyes."