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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

Lloyd took advantage of his opportunities, find discount mevacor catching seven passes for 89 yards, find discount mevacor his second-highest total of the season.

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

“Just a screen pass, find discount mevacor we do our best to block downfield, find discount mevacor and unfortunately the ball popped out, find discount mevacor” Lloyd said. Find discount mevacor “But we were there to make the play.”

All lined up

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

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

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

Another key starter also returned from injury, find discount mevacor with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, find discount mevacor back after sitting out two games with an ankle injury.

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

“Felt good, find discount mevacor” Bolden said. Find discount mevacor “Missing four weeks, find discount mevacor you try not to get out of shape, find discount mevacor you keep yourself active, find discount mevacor it felt good getting out there for the first time.”

As for the suspension?

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

With the interception, find discount mevacor the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, find discount mevacor one behind the Chicago Bears. Find discount mevacor Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Find discount mevacor Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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