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James Develin Happy to Score Touchdown But Loves Doing the ‘Dirty Work’

FOXBOROUGH — Patriots fullback James Develin doesn’t get many chances to score touchdowns, so he made sure this opportunity counted.

Develin scored his second NFL touchdown and his first ever postseason touchdown on a one-yard pass from Tom Brady in the first quarter of Sunday’s AFC Championship game against the Colts.

“I know when my number’s called I gotta get it in or I’m probably not going to see the ball for a while…,” Develin said regarding the TD. “I know as a fullback, they don’t call my number too much. But if I’m that close to the end zone and I don’t get in, the ball is not going to come my way very often. I just tried to do whatever I could to get that ball in and I’m glad to get my number called.”

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Despite scoring the touchdown, Develin knows his true role on the team.

“It’s nice, but I know my role on this team and I’m very happy just to go in there and do the dirty work,” Develin said. “That’s my role on this team and I love doing it.”

Develin was asked how his second career touchdown compares to his first which came on a one-yard touchdown run at Houston in 2013.

“The stakes are much higher on this one, with it being the AFC Championship, so it’s definitely memorable, but that first one was memorable too,” Develin said. “I’ll never forget either of them.”

Develin — who played collegiate football at Brown University — spoke about advancing to the Super Bowl.

“It’s definitely surreal, man,” he said. “It’s awesome to have played so much football up in New England and I’m proud to kind of say I’m a New Englander now.”

The Patriots have been pulling out all the stops on offense the past few games and Develin said the key to success is in the preparation.

“The coaches prepare us for whatever we need to get the win, and it doesn’t matter who’s lining up where or who we have eligible,” he said. “Everyone just has to perform to the best of their abilities and get the job done and that’s what we did.”

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Develin and offensive tackle Nate Solder each caught touchdown passes from Brady Sunday night. For each player, it was their first career NFL touchdown reception (regular season or playoffs).

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