Tom Brady's Super Bowl jersey has been found - and police know who took it

Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots v Atlanta Falcons

Before the confetti was done falling last month after Super Bowl LI in Houston, one of the major storylines coming from the New England Patriots locker room was a strange one.

Tom Brady helped his case in the best-ever discussion by leading the Patriots to a 34-28 come-from-behind victory against the Atlanta Falcons in one of the most compelling Super Bowls ever.

Brady captured the game's MVP award by throwing for 466 yards, two touchdowns and one interception by connecting on 43 of his 62 passes.

It was Brady's fifth Super Bowl championship and the fourth time he had won MVP in the game.

This one was his finest, as he directed the Patriots back from a 25-point deficit in the third quarter, while many fans even turned the game off, assured of the Falcons' victory.

Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots v Atlanta Falcons

Brady drove the Patriots down for the tying touchdown in the final minute of regulation, as James White scored from 1 yard out. Danny Amendola caught the two-point conversion to complete the 25-point comeback and send the game to overtime.

There, the Patriots won the coin toss and drove down the field for the winning score, which was converted by White, this time from 2 yards out.

Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots v Atlanta Falcons

During the ensuing celebration, however, an important piece of Super Bowl history was lost.

Brady took off his game jersey and put on the NFL's Super Bowl championship T-shirt for the on-field celebrations.

Meanwhile, the jersey was put into a bag and taken back to the locker room, along with some of the other gear for the team.

Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots v Atlanta Falcons

The jersey then disappeared.

The Patriots were not messing around and filed a police report with the Houston Police Department, listing Brady as the victim of theft.

In the report, the police listed the valuation of the jersey at $500,000 and called the crime a first-degree felony.

Well, the NFL reported on Monday that they've cracked the case.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy released a statement that the league has recovered the jersey, along with Brady's from his last Super Bowl win in 2015 against the Seattle Seahawks, from a member of the international press.

The statement released by the NFL says it was a "credentialed member of the international media" but didn't say anything about charges being filed.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo confirmed the finding, adding that the jerseys were found in Mexico. He said the FBI and Mexican authorities were helpful in the recovery.

You can bet this journalist just covered their last Super Bowl.

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