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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

FOXBOROUGH — They might not have come right out and said it, 5 mg cialis but the Patriots were fully aware of the attention given to the Houston Texans and their preference for play-action passes on offense.

So when quarterback Tom Brady perfectly sold a handoff the second time the Patriots had the ball, 5 mg cialis receiver Brandon Lloyd never broke stride, 5 mg cialis blowing past the Texans who bit on the run possibility. 5 mg cialis He caught Brady’s pass without a defender near him, 5 mg cialis coasting into the end zone and pushing the Patriots’ lead to 14-0 in a game they would win handily, 5 mg cialis 42-14, 5 mg cialis Monday night at Gillette Stadium.

“That was definitely a scheme play, 5 mg cialis” Lloyd said. 5 mg cialis “We worked hard on that all week, 5 mg cialis and when the opportunity presented itself, 5 mg cialis Coach [Josh] McDaniels called it at the right time and we were able to take advantage of it.”

Lloyd took advantage of his opportunities, 5 mg cialis catching seven passes for 89 yards, 5 mg cialis his second-highest total of the season.

He scored two touchdowns, 5 mg cialis the second coming on a fumble recovery in the end zone, 5 mg cialis after Danny Woodhead lost the ball on a screen pass. 5 mg cialis The ball bounced forward, 5 mg cialis with Lloyd diving on it. 5 mg cialis Not how it’s drawn up, 5 mg cialis but the way the night went.

“Just a screen pass, 5 mg cialis we do our best to block downfield, 5 mg cialis and unfortunately the ball popped out, 5 mg cialis” Lloyd said. 5 mg cialis “But we were there to make the play.”

All lined up

Since the start of the season, 5 mg cialis the Patriots’ depth chart on the offensive line read more like a wish list than a realistic starting lineup, 5 mg cialis with an assortment of injuries resulting in five different combinations.

For the first time in a month, 5 mg cialis and just the sixth time this season, 5 mg cialis the Patriots began the game with the five players who are designated by the team as its starters: Nate Solder at left tackle, 5 mg cialis Logan Mankins at left guard, 5 mg cialis Ryan Wendell at center, 5 mg cialis Dan Connolly at right guard, 5 mg cialis and Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle.

The group was made whole again with the return of Mankins, 5 mg cialis who had missed three consecutive games — and five of six — with ankle and calf injuries. 5 mg cialis He was back at practice last week, 5 mg cialis in a limited role, 5 mg cialis but was in the starting lineup Monday night, 5 mg cialis relegating Donald Thomas to reserve status.

Another key starter also returned from injury, 5 mg cialis with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, 5 mg cialis back after sitting out two games with an ankle injury.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski missed his third straight game with a broken forearm. 5 mg cialis The other inactive players were offensive linemen Nick McDonald and Markus Zusevics, 5 mg cialis defensive linemen Jake Bequette and Ron Brace, 5 mg cialis safety Derrick Martin, 5 mg cialis and fullback James Develin, 5 mg cialis who was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Nov. 5 mg cialis 28, 5 mg cialis but has yet to play.

Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, 5 mg cialis activating Brandon Bolden to the 53-man roster and making him eligible to play against the Texans after the running back served a four-game suspension.

Bolden, 5 mg cialis a rookie from Mississippi, 5 mg cialis was suspended by the NFL on Nov. 5 mg cialis 9 for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. 5 mg cialis He hadn’t played since Oct. 5 mg cialis 14 at Seattle, 5 mg cialis when he injured a knee against the Seahawks. 5 mg cialis The injury cost him two games, 5 mg cialis then the suspension added four more.

With 234 yards on 43 carries, 5 mg cialis Bolden came into the Texans game with the second-most rushing yards for the Patriots, 5 mg cialis and his 5.4-yard average led the team. 5 mg cialis Stevan Ridley has been the workhorse since Bolden was forced out, 5 mg cialis gaining 486 yards in the six games Bolden missed.

Bolden declined interview requests Saturday, 5 mg cialis the first time he had been spotted in the locker room since the suspension was announced. 5 mg cialis But he was ready to talk after the game, 5 mg cialis in which he played on special teams and got two late carries for 11 yards.

“Felt good, 5 mg cialis” Bolden said. 5 mg cialis “Missing four weeks, 5 mg cialis you try not to get out of shape, 5 mg cialis you keep yourself active, 5 mg cialis it felt good getting out there for the first time.”

As for the suspension?

“It was a mistake. 5 mg cialis Saddened that it happened, 5 mg cialis but the team kept going, 5 mg cialis so just got to keep moving forward, 5 mg cialis” Bolden said. 5 mg cialis “Worked as hard as I could for as long as I could, 5 mg cialis make sure I don’t fall too far off.”

Turning their way

Devin McCourty’s end-zone interception on Houston’s second offensive series of the game extended the Patriots’ streak of forcing at least one turnover to 24 games. 5 mg cialis The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

With the interception, 5 mg cialis the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, 5 mg cialis one behind the Chicago Bears. 5 mg cialis Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

“We know we have a good defense here, 5 mg cialis we’ve played really well the last couple of weeks, 5 mg cialis” McCourty said. 5 mg cialis “The biggest focus for us is just trying to build on that.”

Even when the Patriots fumbled the bounces went their way. 5 mg cialis Ridley lost the ball on the Patriots’ first drive of the game, 5 mg cialis inside the Texans’ 5-yard-line, 5 mg cialis but Aaron Hernandez jumped on it to extend the drive. 5 mg cialis On the next play, 5 mg cialis Hernandez caught a 7-yard touchdown pass.



Early in the fourth quarter, 5 mg cialis Woodhead fumbled after catching a screen pass and being hit from behind by J.J. 5 mg cialis Watt. 5 mg cialis The ball flew into the end zone, 5 mg cialis with Lloyd diving on it for an unlikely touchdown.

Handing out Hall passes

If you’re a Patriots fan who’s never been to Canton, 5 mg cialis Ohio, 5 mg cialis and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, 5 mg cialis Canton is coming to you this week. 5 mg cialis Well, 5 mg cialis at least it’s coming to Foxborough. 5 mg cialis In recognition of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary, 5 mg cialis the busts of the five former Patriots who have been enshrined — John Hannah, 5 mg cialis Andre Tippett, 5 mg cialis Nick Buoniconti, 5 mg cialis Mike Haynes, 5 mg cialis and Curtis Martin — will be on display at the Hall at Patriot Place.

The weeklong celebration will culminate with Sunday night’s home game against the San Francisco 49ers, 5 mg cialis with Tippett, 5 mg cialis Haynes, 5 mg cialis and Martin serving as honorary captains.

Secondary injuries

One downside to the Patriots’ victory was injuries to the defensive secondary. 5 mg cialis The Patriots announced injuries to Aqib Talib (hip) and Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring). 5 mg cialis Neither returned to the game after getting injured . 5 mg cialis . 5 mg cialis . 5 mg cialis With Julian Edelman out for the season with a foot injury, 5 mg cialis Wes Welker took over the Patriots’ punt return duties. 5 mg cialis He returned four for 50 yards, 5 mg cialis with a long of 31 . 5 mg cialis . 5 mg cialis . 5 mg cialis Welker also caught three passes, 5 mg cialis pushing his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a catch to 107 . 5 mg cialis . 5 mg cialis . 5 mg cialis Donte Stallworth made the most of his return to the Patriots. 5 mg cialis He caught only one pass from Brady, 5 mg cialis but the catch-and-run went for 63 yards and a touchdown in the third quarter, 5 mg cialis making it 28-0. 5 mg cialis It was a case of practice makes perfect, 5 mg cialis even if the practice had been a while ago. 5 mg cialis “That particular play is something we had worked on, 5 mg cialis even in the spring, 5 mg cialis’’ he said. 5 mg cialis “It was just an opportunity where they were kind of flat-footed and it gave me an opportunity to run by the guy and Tommy made a great throw. 5 mg cialis He put it up for me to catch it and that’s what I did.’’ . 5 mg cialis . 5 mg cialis . 5 mg cialis His team off until Wednesday, 5 mg cialis Celtics coach Doc Rivers was spotted on the sideline observing pregame warmups, 5 mg cialis wearing a Patriots red sweater and chatting up his Patriots counterpart, 5 mg cialis Bill Belichick. 5 mg cialis Also in on the conversation: Boston sports fan Mark Wahlberg. 5 mg cialis Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was also at the game, 5 mg cialis wearing a No. 5 mg cialis 83 Patriots jersey . 5 mg cialis . 5 mg cialis . 5 mg cialis The Patriots extended their December winning streak to 13 games, 5 mg cialis dating to a 22-21 loss at Miami on Dec. 5 mg cialis 6, 5 mg cialis 2009. 5 mg cialis It ties the Patriots for the second-longest such streak with the Dallas Cowboys, 5 mg cialis who accomplished the feat from 1968-72. 5 mg cialis The record belongs to the San Diego Chargers, 5 mg cialis winners of 18 straight from 2006-09. 5 mg cialis New England also has won 21 straight games in the second half of the regular season. 5 mg cialis The Patriots went 8-0 in the second half of 2010, 5 mg cialis 8-0 in 2011, 5 mg cialis and have won their first five this season. 5 mg cialis The last loss from the back half of the schedule came in the regular-season finale in 2009, 5 mg cialis when the Patriots lost at Houston, 5 mg cialis 34-27 … In a pre-game Twitter message, 5 mg cialis self-described Patriots fan Donald Trump posted, 5 mg cialis “Good Luck to Bob Kraft, 5 mg cialis Tom Brady and Coach Bob Belichick tonight.” Needless to say, 5 mg cialis the Donald got plenty of unwanted attention for his fumble . 5 mg cialis . 5 mg cialis . 5 mg cialis Keep an eye out for Jerod Mayo on Tuesday. 5 mg cialis He’ll be joining Subway spokesman Jared Fogle during multiple appearances around town, 5 mg cialis thanking unassuming fans with a dozen acts of kindness.

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. 5 mg cialis Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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