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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

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

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

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

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