It was a game that left the football world Brady Gaga.
After a first half in which he played like that impostor in a Tom Brady mask, the Patriots quarterback put on a Super Bowl performance for the ages Sunday, leading his team back from a 25-point deficit to beat the Falcons in overtime, 34-28.
Half the crowd at NRG Stadium was delirious, and half was stunned. But Brady was wholly spectacular, surpassing Hall of Fame quarterbacks Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw to win his fifth Lombardi Trophy — a fifth, too, for Bill Belichick, the most of any head coach.
“We all brought each other back,” Brady said. “We never felt out of it.”
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