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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

FOXBOROUGH — They might not have come right out and said it, actoplus met online review 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, actoplus met online review receiver Brandon Lloyd never broke stride, actoplus met online review blowing past the Texans who bit on the run possibility. Actoplus met online review He caught Brady’s pass without a defender near him, actoplus met online review coasting into the end zone and pushing the Patriots’ lead to 14-0 in a game they would win handily, actoplus met online review 42-14, actoplus met online review Monday night at Gillette Stadium.

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

Lloyd took advantage of his opportunities, actoplus met online review catching seven passes for 89 yards, actoplus met online review his second-highest total of the season.

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

“Just a screen pass, actoplus met online review we do our best to block downfield, actoplus met online review and unfortunately the ball popped out, actoplus met online review” Lloyd said. Actoplus met online review “But we were there to make the play.”

All lined up

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

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

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

Another key starter also returned from injury, actoplus met online review with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, actoplus met online review back after sitting out two games with an ankle injury.

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

Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, actoplus met online review 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, actoplus met online review a rookie from Mississippi, actoplus met online review was suspended by the NFL on Nov. Actoplus met online review 9 for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Actoplus met online review He hadn’t played since Oct. Actoplus met online review 14 at Seattle, actoplus met online review when he injured a knee against the Seahawks. Actoplus met online review The injury cost him two games, actoplus met online review then the suspension added four more.

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

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

“Felt good, actoplus met online review” Bolden said. Actoplus met online review “Missing four weeks, actoplus met online review you try not to get out of shape, actoplus met online review you keep yourself active, actoplus met online review it felt good getting out there for the first time.”

As for the suspension?

“It was a mistake. Actoplus met online review Saddened that it happened, actoplus met online review but the team kept going, actoplus met online review so just got to keep moving forward, actoplus met online review” Bolden said. Actoplus met online review “Worked as hard as I could for as long as I could, actoplus met online review 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. Actoplus met online review The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

With the interception, actoplus met online review the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, actoplus met online review one behind the Chicago Bears. Actoplus met online review Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

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

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



Early in the fourth quarter, actoplus met online review Woodhead fumbled after catching a screen pass and being hit from behind by J.J. Actoplus met online review Watt. Actoplus met online review The ball flew into the end zone, actoplus met online review 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, actoplus met online review Ohio, actoplus met online review and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, actoplus met online review Canton is coming to you this week. Actoplus met online review Well, actoplus met online review at least it’s coming to Foxborough. Actoplus met online review In recognition of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary, actoplus met online review the busts of the five former Patriots who have been enshrined — John Hannah, actoplus met online review Andre Tippett, actoplus met online review Nick Buoniconti, actoplus met online review Mike Haynes, actoplus met online review 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, actoplus met online review with Tippett, actoplus met online review Haynes, actoplus met online review and Martin serving as honorary captains.

Secondary injuries

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

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Actoplus met online review Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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