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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

Lloyd took advantage of his opportunities, order cheap acompliex catching seven passes for 89 yards, order cheap acompliex his second-highest total of the season.

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

“Just a screen pass, order cheap acompliex we do our best to block downfield, order cheap acompliex and unfortunately the ball popped out, order cheap acompliex” Lloyd said. Order cheap acompliex “But we were there to make the play.”

All lined up

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

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

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

Another key starter also returned from injury, order cheap acompliex with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, order cheap acompliex back after sitting out two games with an ankle injury.

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

“Felt good, order cheap acompliex” Bolden said. Order cheap acompliex “Missing four weeks, order cheap acompliex you try not to get out of shape, order cheap acompliex you keep yourself active, order cheap acompliex it felt good getting out there for the first time.”

As for the suspension?

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

With the interception, order cheap acompliex the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, order cheap acompliex one behind the Chicago Bears. Order cheap acompliex Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Order cheap acompliex Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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