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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

Lloyd took advantage of his opportunities, cheap gyne lotrimin online catching seven passes for 89 yards, cheap gyne lotrimin online his second-highest total of the season.

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

With the interception, cheap gyne lotrimin online the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, cheap gyne lotrimin online one behind the Chicago Bears. Cheap gyne lotrimin online Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

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