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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

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

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

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

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