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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

With the interception, himcolin online review the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, himcolin online review one behind the Chicago Bears. Himcolin online review Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

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