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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

With the interception, grifulvin v free sample the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, grifulvin v free sample one behind the Chicago Bears. Grifulvin v free sample Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Grifulvin v free sample Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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