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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

Lloyd took advantage of his opportunities, is viagra legal catching seven passes for 89 yards, is viagra legal his second-highest total of the season.

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

“Just a screen pass, is viagra legal we do our best to block downfield, is viagra legal and unfortunately the ball popped out, is viagra legal” Lloyd said. Is viagra legal “But we were there to make the play.”

All lined up

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

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

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

Another key starter also returned from injury, is viagra legal with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, is viagra legal back after sitting out two games with an ankle injury.

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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As for the suspension?

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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. Is viagra legal The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

With the interception, is viagra legal the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, is viagra legal one behind the Chicago Bears. Is viagra legal Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

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

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



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Handing out Hall passes

If you’re a Patriots fan who’s never been to Canton, is viagra legal Ohio, is viagra legal and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is viagra legal Canton is coming to you this week. Is viagra legal Well, is viagra legal at least it’s coming to Foxborough. Is viagra legal In recognition of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary, is viagra legal the busts of the five former Patriots who have been enshrined — John Hannah, is viagra legal Andre Tippett, is viagra legal Nick Buoniconti, is viagra legal Mike Haynes, is viagra legal 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, is viagra legal with Tippett, is viagra legal Haynes, is viagra legal and Martin serving as honorary captains.

Secondary injuries

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

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