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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

Lloyd took advantage of his opportunities, amino mass in us catching seven passes for 89 yards, amino mass in us his second-highest total of the season.

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

“Just a screen pass, amino mass in us we do our best to block downfield, amino mass in us and unfortunately the ball popped out, amino mass in us” Lloyd said. Amino mass in us “But we were there to make the play.”

All lined up

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

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

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

Another key starter also returned from injury, amino mass in us with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, amino mass in us back after sitting out two games with an ankle injury.

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

“Felt good, amino mass in us” Bolden said. Amino mass in us “Missing four weeks, amino mass in us you try not to get out of shape, amino mass in us you keep yourself active, amino mass in us it felt good getting out there for the first time.”

As for the suspension?

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

With the interception, amino mass in us the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, amino mass in us one behind the Chicago Bears. Amino mass in us Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Amino mass in us Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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