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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

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

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

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



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Handing out Hall passes

If you’re a Patriots fan who’s never been to Canton, order discount geodon Ohio, order discount geodon and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, order discount geodon Canton is coming to you this week. Order discount geodon Well, order discount geodon at least it’s coming to Foxborough. Order discount geodon In recognition of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary, order discount geodon the busts of the five former Patriots who have been enshrined — John Hannah, order discount geodon Andre Tippett, order discount geodon Nick Buoniconti, order discount geodon Mike Haynes, order discount geodon 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 discount geodon with Tippett, order discount geodon Haynes, order discount geodon and Martin serving as honorary captains.

Secondary injuries

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

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

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