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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

Lloyd took advantage of his opportunities, elavil free delivery catching seven passes for 89 yards, elavil free delivery his second-highest total of the season.

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

Another key starter also returned from injury, elavil free delivery with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, elavil free delivery back after sitting out two games with an ankle injury.

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

With the interception, elavil free delivery the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, elavil free delivery one behind the Chicago Bears. Elavil free delivery Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Elavil free delivery Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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