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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

FOXBOROUGH — They might not have come right out and said it, order norpace cr no rx required 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 norpace cr no rx required receiver Brandon Lloyd never broke stride, order norpace cr no rx required blowing past the Texans who bit on the run possibility. Order norpace cr no rx required He caught Brady’s pass without a defender near him, order norpace cr no rx required coasting into the end zone and pushing the Patriots’ lead to 14-0 in a game they would win handily, order norpace cr no rx required 42-14, order norpace cr no rx required Monday night at Gillette Stadium.

“That was definitely a scheme play, order norpace cr no rx required” Lloyd said. Order norpace cr no rx required “We worked hard on that all week, order norpace cr no rx required and when the opportunity presented itself, order norpace cr no rx required 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 norpace cr no rx required catching seven passes for 89 yards, order norpace cr no rx required his second-highest total of the season.

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

“Just a screen pass, order norpace cr no rx required we do our best to block downfield, order norpace cr no rx required and unfortunately the ball popped out, order norpace cr no rx required” Lloyd said. Order norpace cr no rx required “But we were there to make the play.”

All lined up

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

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

The group was made whole again with the return of Mankins, order norpace cr no rx required who had missed three consecutive games — and five of six — with ankle and calf injuries. Order norpace cr no rx required He was back at practice last week, order norpace cr no rx required in a limited role, order norpace cr no rx required but was in the starting lineup Monday night, order norpace cr no rx required relegating Donald Thomas to reserve status.

Another key starter also returned from injury, order norpace cr no rx required with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, order norpace cr no rx required back after sitting out two games with an ankle injury.

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

Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, order norpace cr no rx required 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 norpace cr no rx required a rookie from Mississippi, order norpace cr no rx required was suspended by the NFL on Nov. Order norpace cr no rx required 9 for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Order norpace cr no rx required He hadn’t played since Oct. Order norpace cr no rx required 14 at Seattle, order norpace cr no rx required when he injured a knee against the Seahawks. Order norpace cr no rx required The injury cost him two games, order norpace cr no rx required then the suspension added four more.

With 234 yards on 43 carries, order norpace cr no rx required Bolden came into the Texans game with the second-most rushing yards for the Patriots, order norpace cr no rx required and his 5.4-yard average led the team. Order norpace cr no rx required Stevan Ridley has been the workhorse since Bolden was forced out, order norpace cr no rx required gaining 486 yards in the six games Bolden missed.

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

“Felt good, order norpace cr no rx required” Bolden said. Order norpace cr no rx required “Missing four weeks, order norpace cr no rx required you try not to get out of shape, order norpace cr no rx required you keep yourself active, order norpace cr no rx required it felt good getting out there for the first time.”

As for the suspension?

“It was a mistake. Order norpace cr no rx required Saddened that it happened, order norpace cr no rx required but the team kept going, order norpace cr no rx required so just got to keep moving forward, order norpace cr no rx required” Bolden said. Order norpace cr no rx required “Worked as hard as I could for as long as I could, order norpace cr no rx required 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 norpace cr no rx required The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

With the interception, order norpace cr no rx required the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, order norpace cr no rx required one behind the Chicago Bears. Order norpace cr no rx required Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

“We know we have a good defense here, order norpace cr no rx required we’ve played really well the last couple of weeks, order norpace cr no rx required” McCourty said. Order norpace cr no rx required “The biggest focus for us is just trying to build on that.”

Even when the Patriots fumbled the bounces went their way. Order norpace cr no rx required Ridley lost the ball on the Patriots’ first drive of the game, order norpace cr no rx required inside the Texans’ 5-yard-line, order norpace cr no rx required but Aaron Hernandez jumped on it to extend the drive. Order norpace cr no rx required On the next play, order norpace cr no rx required Hernandez caught a 7-yard touchdown pass.



Early in the fourth quarter, order norpace cr no rx required Woodhead fumbled after catching a screen pass and being hit from behind by J.J. Order norpace cr no rx required Watt. Order norpace cr no rx required The ball flew into the end zone, order norpace cr no rx required 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 norpace cr no rx required Ohio, order norpace cr no rx required and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, order norpace cr no rx required Canton is coming to you this week. Order norpace cr no rx required Well, order norpace cr no rx required at least it’s coming to Foxborough. Order norpace cr no rx required In recognition of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary, order norpace cr no rx required the busts of the five former Patriots who have been enshrined — John Hannah, order norpace cr no rx required Andre Tippett, order norpace cr no rx required Nick Buoniconti, order norpace cr no rx required Mike Haynes, order norpace cr no rx required 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 norpace cr no rx required with Tippett, order norpace cr no rx required Haynes, order norpace cr no rx required and Martin serving as honorary captains.

Secondary injuries

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

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