"It's tough. You're very close, you worked very hard to put yourself in the position to be in that situation, and last year just didn't go our way," he said, noting that he watched the Broncos' victory over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50.
"It just gives you a little motivation for the next year. You look forward to going out and getting ready and seeing your teammates, and train with those guys, and creating the chemistry and unity. That's what you look forward to."
Edelman's remarks came as he was a celebrity guest at the annual Patriots pancake party at Boston Children's Hospital alongside teammates Dion Lewis and Trey Flowers.
Since the season ended Jan. 24, Edelman explained his approach.
"I've been just kind of chilling -- get away from the game, refresh -- working out a little bit here and there," he said. "I will start kicking it up here soon and just trying to get healthy and go that route."
Along those lines, Edelman didn't address or elaborate on a Boston Herald story Thursday that reported he hasn't needed a second surgery on his previously injured left foot and is fully on track to participate in the team's offseason program in the spring.
"I don't even know yet. We're just taking it day to day, and I'm sure we'll go over that in the near future," he said, when asked if it's a relief to avoid a second surgery.
On his availability for offseason camps, he said, "I honestly can't even answer that question, just because I don't know. Right now, I'm just getting away from the game and not worrying about that stuff at all."
Asked how his foot is feeling, he allowed, "It's feeling better every day. That's a good thing."
As for the reaction that quarterback Tom Brady received prior to Super Bowl 50, when fans booed him during an MVP ceremony, Edelman was asked what he thought about it.
"I don't have a comment on that," he said. "There's a lot of false stuff out there."