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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

With the interception, free bladder support dogs the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, free bladder support dogs one behind the Chicago Bears. Free bladder support dogs Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Free bladder support dogs Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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