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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

FOXBOROUGH — They might not have come right out and said it, no rx cefixime 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, no rx cefixime receiver Brandon Lloyd never broke stride, no rx cefixime blowing past the Texans who bit on the run possibility. No rx cefixime He caught Brady’s pass without a defender near him, no rx cefixime coasting into the end zone and pushing the Patriots’ lead to 14-0 in a game they would win handily, no rx cefixime 42-14, no rx cefixime Monday night at Gillette Stadium.

“That was definitely a scheme play, no rx cefixime” Lloyd said. No rx cefixime “We worked hard on that all week, no rx cefixime and when the opportunity presented itself, no rx cefixime Coach [Josh] McDaniels called it at the right time and we were able to take advantage of it.”

Lloyd took advantage of his opportunities, no rx cefixime catching seven passes for 89 yards, no rx cefixime his second-highest total of the season.

He scored two touchdowns, no rx cefixime the second coming on a fumble recovery in the end zone, no rx cefixime after Danny Woodhead lost the ball on a screen pass. No rx cefixime The ball bounced forward, no rx cefixime with Lloyd diving on it. No rx cefixime Not how it’s drawn up, no rx cefixime but the way the night went.

“Just a screen pass, no rx cefixime we do our best to block downfield, no rx cefixime and unfortunately the ball popped out, no rx cefixime” Lloyd said. No rx cefixime “But we were there to make the play.”

All lined up

Since the start of the season, no rx cefixime the Patriots’ depth chart on the offensive line read more like a wish list than a realistic starting lineup, no rx cefixime with an assortment of injuries resulting in five different combinations.

For the first time in a month, no rx cefixime and just the sixth time this season, no rx cefixime the Patriots began the game with the five players who are designated by the team as its starters: Nate Solder at left tackle, no rx cefixime Logan Mankins at left guard, no rx cefixime Ryan Wendell at center, no rx cefixime Dan Connolly at right guard, no rx cefixime and Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle.

The group was made whole again with the return of Mankins, no rx cefixime who had missed three consecutive games — and five of six — with ankle and calf injuries. No rx cefixime He was back at practice last week, no rx cefixime in a limited role, no rx cefixime but was in the starting lineup Monday night, no rx cefixime relegating Donald Thomas to reserve status.

Another key starter also returned from injury, no rx cefixime with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, no rx cefixime back after sitting out two games with an ankle injury.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski missed his third straight game with a broken forearm. No rx cefixime The other inactive players were offensive linemen Nick McDonald and Markus Zusevics, no rx cefixime defensive linemen Jake Bequette and Ron Brace, no rx cefixime safety Derrick Martin, no rx cefixime and fullback James Develin, no rx cefixime who was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Nov. No rx cefixime 28, no rx cefixime but has yet to play.

Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, no rx cefixime 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, no rx cefixime a rookie from Mississippi, no rx cefixime was suspended by the NFL on Nov. No rx cefixime 9 for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. No rx cefixime He hadn’t played since Oct. No rx cefixime 14 at Seattle, no rx cefixime when he injured a knee against the Seahawks. No rx cefixime The injury cost him two games, no rx cefixime then the suspension added four more.

With 234 yards on 43 carries, no rx cefixime Bolden came into the Texans game with the second-most rushing yards for the Patriots, no rx cefixime and his 5.4-yard average led the team. No rx cefixime Stevan Ridley has been the workhorse since Bolden was forced out, no rx cefixime gaining 486 yards in the six games Bolden missed.

Bolden declined interview requests Saturday, no rx cefixime the first time he had been spotted in the locker room since the suspension was announced. No rx cefixime But he was ready to talk after the game, no rx cefixime in which he played on special teams and got two late carries for 11 yards.

“Felt good, no rx cefixime” Bolden said. No rx cefixime “Missing four weeks, no rx cefixime you try not to get out of shape, no rx cefixime you keep yourself active, no rx cefixime it felt good getting out there for the first time.”

As for the suspension?

“It was a mistake. No rx cefixime Saddened that it happened, no rx cefixime but the team kept going, no rx cefixime so just got to keep moving forward, no rx cefixime” Bolden said. No rx cefixime “Worked as hard as I could for as long as I could, no rx cefixime 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. No rx cefixime The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

With the interception, no rx cefixime the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, no rx cefixime one behind the Chicago Bears. No rx cefixime Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

“We know we have a good defense here, no rx cefixime we’ve played really well the last couple of weeks, no rx cefixime” McCourty said. No rx cefixime “The biggest focus for us is just trying to build on that.”

Even when the Patriots fumbled the bounces went their way. No rx cefixime Ridley lost the ball on the Patriots’ first drive of the game, no rx cefixime inside the Texans’ 5-yard-line, no rx cefixime but Aaron Hernandez jumped on it to extend the drive. No rx cefixime On the next play, no rx cefixime Hernandez caught a 7-yard touchdown pass.



Early in the fourth quarter, no rx cefixime Woodhead fumbled after catching a screen pass and being hit from behind by J.J. No rx cefixime Watt. No rx cefixime The ball flew into the end zone, no rx cefixime 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, no rx cefixime Ohio, no rx cefixime and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, no rx cefixime Canton is coming to you this week. No rx cefixime Well, no rx cefixime at least it’s coming to Foxborough. No rx cefixime In recognition of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary, no rx cefixime the busts of the five former Patriots who have been enshrined — John Hannah, no rx cefixime Andre Tippett, no rx cefixime Nick Buoniconti, no rx cefixime Mike Haynes, no rx cefixime 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, no rx cefixime with Tippett, no rx cefixime Haynes, no rx cefixime and Martin serving as honorary captains.

Secondary injuries

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

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. No rx cefixime Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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