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Edelman makes one of craziest catches in Super Bowl history

Physics-defying fourth quarter catch was crucial to Patriots’ comeback

Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots makes a 23 yard catch in the fourth quarter against Ricardo Allen #37, Robert Alford #23 and Keanu Neal #22 of the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images, via JTA)
Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots makes a 23 yard catch in the fourth quarter against Ricardo Allen #37, Robert Alford #23 and Keanu Neal #22 of the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images, via JTA)

JTA — “I don’t know how he caught it. I don’t think he does either.”

That’s New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Jewish teammate Julian Edelman’s physics-defying catch during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LI on Sunday night, won by the Pats in overtime 34-28.

The catch, which Edelman somehow secured between multiple defenders after the ball was tipped in the air, was a crucial part of a historic comeback.

New England trailed 28-3 in the third quarter before scoring 31 unanswered points on the way to its thrilling victory — the first overtime game in Super Bowl history.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmkcgZmM27s

In typical goofy form, Edelman said Brady exaggerated his praise for the catch because the two have a “bromance.”

Edelman, 30, who can safely be called the best active Jewish player in the NFL, visited Israel in 2015.

There had been some debate over whether Edelman was Jewish — the Patriots maintained that he was raised Christian, despite having a Jewish father. But he identified himself as a member of the tribe during a 2013 interview on the NFL Network.

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