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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

FOXBOROUGH — They might not have come right out and said it, order no rx liposafe but the Patriots were fully aware of the attention given to the Houston Texans and their preference for play-action passes on offense.

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He scored two touchdowns, order no rx liposafe the second coming on a fumble recovery in the end zone, order no rx liposafe after Danny Woodhead lost the ball on a screen pass. Order no rx liposafe The ball bounced forward, order no rx liposafe with Lloyd diving on it. Order no rx liposafe Not how it’s drawn up, order no rx liposafe but the way the night went.

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All lined up

Since the start of the season, order no rx liposafe the Patriots’ depth chart on the offensive line read more like a wish list than a realistic starting lineup, order no rx liposafe with an assortment of injuries resulting in five different combinations.

For the first time in a month, order no rx liposafe and just the sixth time this season, order no rx liposafe the Patriots began the game with the five players who are designated by the team as its starters: Nate Solder at left tackle, order no rx liposafe Logan Mankins at left guard, order no rx liposafe Ryan Wendell at center, order no rx liposafe Dan Connolly at right guard, order no rx liposafe and Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle.

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Tight end Rob Gronkowski missed his third straight game with a broken forearm. Order no rx liposafe The other inactive players were offensive linemen Nick McDonald and Markus Zusevics, order no rx liposafe defensive linemen Jake Bequette and Ron Brace, order no rx liposafe safety Derrick Martin, order no rx liposafe and fullback James Develin, order no rx liposafe who was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Nov. Order no rx liposafe 28, order no rx liposafe but has yet to play.

Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, order no rx liposafe 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.

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Bolden declined interview requests Saturday, order no rx liposafe the first time he had been spotted in the locker room since the suspension was announced. Order no rx liposafe But he was ready to talk after the game, order no rx liposafe in which he played on special teams and got two late carries for 11 yards.

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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 no rx liposafe The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

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Handing out Hall passes

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Secondary injuries

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