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Tom Brady: Having parents at Sunday’s game highlighted ‘perfect day’

The New England Patriots easily dispatched the Atlanta Falcons Sunday night in a highly anticipated Super Bowl LI rematch, winning by a score of 23-7. But for Tom Brady, the victory was merely one component of what he characterized as a “perfect day.”

Why? Because Brady’s parents, Tom Sr. and Galynn, were in attendance. Not only that, his mother, who only attended one game last season — Super Bowl LI — while battling breast cancer was honored in a pregame ceremony celebrating the NFL’s “Crucial Catch” initiative.

“It was great for them to be here and be in attendance and for us to win while they’re here in attendance, too,” Brady said of having his parents at the game, via NESN. “It’s been a while since that happened. But that was very special for me. I heard they got on the field pregame.”

Brady kept his mother’s battle with cancer mostly private last season, but with a cancer-free diagnosis, the Patriots quarterback opened up in August about his mother’s lengthy battle, calling it a “very challenging time for our family.” Brady also said that his mother, who surprised him at training camp, is doing “really well” and “on the road to recovery.”

Galynn was profiled in an emotional segment that aired on NFL Network throughout pregame coverage Sunday morning.

“(I am) just happy for my mom,” Brady said Sunday night. “I mean, what’s she’s been through is pretty challenging and challenging for my dad, challenging for all the people out there that are battling with cancer and other diseases. You can’t take anything for granted, so I love the time I get with her.

“We were carving pumpkins today (Sunday) with my kids and beating the Falcons tonight, so it made for a pretty perfect day for me.”