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TCA8418: TCA8418RTWR Thermal pad - is it no-connect, or can I connect to GND ?

Part Number: TCA8418

The data sheet for TCA8418RTWR shows the "thermal pad" under the part but there is no mention if this pad must be a no-connect, or if it can be grounded.  The examples do not show the connection at all.

The WQFN24 footprint from TI's website links to "Ultra Librarian" and it shows "EPAD" as pin 25 with 9 vias in the thermal area.

 Can "EPAD" be grounded?