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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

“That was definitely a scheme play, no rx purinethol” Lloyd said. No rx purinethol “We worked hard on that all week, no rx purinethol and when the opportunity presented itself, no rx purinethol 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 purinethol catching seven passes for 89 yards, no rx purinethol his second-highest total of the season.

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

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

All lined up

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

For the first time in a month, no rx purinethol and just the sixth time this season, no rx purinethol 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 purinethol Logan Mankins at left guard, no rx purinethol Ryan Wendell at center, no rx purinethol Dan Connolly at right guard, no rx purinethol and Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle.

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

Another key starter also returned from injury, no rx purinethol with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, no rx purinethol 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 purinethol The other inactive players were offensive linemen Nick McDonald and Markus Zusevics, no rx purinethol defensive linemen Jake Bequette and Ron Brace, no rx purinethol safety Derrick Martin, no rx purinethol and fullback James Develin, no rx purinethol who was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Nov. No rx purinethol 28, no rx purinethol but has yet to play.

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

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

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

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

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