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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

“That was definitely a scheme play, lipothin online review” Lloyd said. Lipothin online review “We worked hard on that all week, lipothin online review and when the opportunity presented itself, lipothin 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, lipothin online review catching seven passes for 89 yards, lipothin online review his second-highest total of the season.

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

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

All lined up

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

For the first time in a month, lipothin online review and just the sixth time this season, lipothin 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, lipothin online review Logan Mankins at left guard, lipothin online review Ryan Wendell at center, lipothin online review Dan Connolly at right guard, lipothin online review and Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle.

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

Another key starter also returned from injury, lipothin online review with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, lipothin 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. Lipothin online review The other inactive players were offensive linemen Nick McDonald and Markus Zusevics, lipothin online review defensive linemen Jake Bequette and Ron Brace, lipothin online review safety Derrick Martin, lipothin online review and fullback James Develin, lipothin online review who was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Nov. Lipothin online review 28, lipothin online review but has yet to play.

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

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

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

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