Who Will Step Up For Patriots In Super Bowl?

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BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Patriots fans have grown accustomed to players stepping up to make big plays in big games.

So who will it be next week when the Pats play the Eagles in Super Bowl LII?

It was Malcolm Butler in 2015, making a game-saving interception.

It was Danny Amendola last week in the AFC Championship.

Pats defensive safety Patrick Chung said it could well be Amendola again in the big game.

"I'll count on Danny anytime," Chung said. "He's a great player. He just works hard, man. He just does it every play, and if his time comes, he's always ready for it."

The Patriots will spend next week in Minneapolis getting ready to face Philly--but this week has been spent in the familiar confines of Gillette Stadium.

For RB James White, it's a time to prepare physically and mentally.

"I think we just all stand together no matter what," he said. "Somebody goes down, somebody else steps up and kind of fill the void as a team. We do a great job of doing that each and every year. Every team's going to have injuries, but you gotta stick together, fight through it, face the adversity, and just come out on top."

Trey Flowers is looking forward to what would be his second consecutive Super Bowl Championship as a Patriot.

"It's the Super Bowl--it's what we all wanted when we was younger, what you all dreamed about at some point in time, just being in this big game," he said. "We worked hard all year to put ourselves in this position, and we earned this opportunity, so we've got to make the best of it."

The team leaves for Minnesota on Monday--taking with them the hopes and dreams of Pats fans here in New England.

They'll no doubt be counting on someone to step up, as TE Rob Gronkowski remains in concussion protocol--a question mark for the Super Bowl.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Mike Macklin reports

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