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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

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

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

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