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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

“That was definitely a scheme play, acyclovir online review” Lloyd said. Acyclovir online review “We worked hard on that all week, acyclovir online review and when the opportunity presented itself, acyclovir 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, acyclovir online review catching seven passes for 89 yards, acyclovir online review his second-highest total of the season.

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

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

All lined up

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

For the first time in a month, acyclovir online review and just the sixth time this season, acyclovir 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, acyclovir online review Logan Mankins at left guard, acyclovir online review Ryan Wendell at center, acyclovir online review Dan Connolly at right guard, acyclovir online review and Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle.

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

Another key starter also returned from injury, acyclovir online review with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, acyclovir 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. Acyclovir online review The other inactive players were offensive linemen Nick McDonald and Markus Zusevics, acyclovir online review defensive linemen Jake Bequette and Ron Brace, acyclovir online review safety Derrick Martin, acyclovir online review and fullback James Develin, acyclovir online review who was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Nov. Acyclovir online review 28, acyclovir online review but has yet to play.

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

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

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

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

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