In what seems like the new reality, there were plenty of heartbroken Patriots last Sunday staring through the TV set, as the Baltimore Ravens captured the Super Bowl over the San Francisco 49ers.

Jerod Mayo was part of that crowd — the ones who might have paid attention to the commercials and the exciting finish — but not really.

“I caught a couple of plays here and there, but to be honest with you, if I’m not playing the game then it’s hard for me to watch (it on TV),” Mayo said at a Gillette “Kiss and Tell” promotion at the Prudential Center earlier this week. “I’m a huge fan of the game, but at the same time I like to study the game.”

Mayo will be turning 27 in a few weeks, and the Patriots’ front seven is clearly he and defensive tackle Vince Wilfork’s group to lead. The linebacker, a former first-round pick, chosen 10th overall out of Tennessee in the 2008 NFL draft, was his usual self in the middle of the Pats defense, finishing fourth in the NFL last season with 147 tackles.

Mayo said he took a week off after his trip to the Pro Bowl and has engaged in some lighter workouts. He plans on ramping it up in the next couple of weeks in Foxboro, in an effort to push the Patriots over the hump next season.

“There are things that go on that you really don’t notice until you feel better, until you get those couple of weeks off and you say, ‘Oh, this is how my body is supposed to feel?’ ” Mayo said of the physical toll an NFL season takes. “I feel good now and ready to go.”