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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

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

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

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