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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

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

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

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