While this year wasn't quite as heartbreaking as the 2007-2008 Super Bowl, it certainly left a bad taste in the mouths of the fans and the organization. They head in to free agency with some crucial decisions to make that will impact their team for years to come.
The Patriots have a considerable amount of cap space for a team that made the Super Bowl. They will have the chance to bring in some new faces and hopefully improve the team enough to win another championship.
Here are six keys to a successful offseason for the New England Patriots.