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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

For the first time in a month, order ophthacare no rx required and just the sixth time this season, order ophthacare 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 ophthacare no rx required Logan Mankins at left guard, order ophthacare no rx required Ryan Wendell at center, order ophthacare no rx required Dan Connolly at right guard, order ophthacare no rx required and Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle.

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

Another key starter also returned from injury, order ophthacare no rx required with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, order ophthacare 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 ophthacare no rx required The other inactive players were offensive linemen Nick McDonald and Markus Zusevics, order ophthacare no rx required defensive linemen Jake Bequette and Ron Brace, order ophthacare no rx required safety Derrick Martin, order ophthacare no rx required and fullback James Develin, order ophthacare no rx required who was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Nov. Order ophthacare no rx required 28, order ophthacare no rx required but has yet to play.

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

“It was a mistake. Order ophthacare no rx required Saddened that it happened, order ophthacare no rx required but the team kept going, order ophthacare no rx required so just got to keep moving forward, order ophthacare no rx required” Bolden said. Order ophthacare no rx required “Worked as hard as I could for as long as I could, order ophthacare 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 ophthacare 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 ophthacare no rx required the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, order ophthacare no rx required one behind the Chicago Bears. Order ophthacare no rx required Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

“We know we have a good defense here, order ophthacare no rx required we’ve played really well the last couple of weeks, order ophthacare no rx required” McCourty said. Order ophthacare 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 ophthacare no rx required Ridley lost the ball on the Patriots’ first drive of the game, order ophthacare no rx required inside the Texans’ 5-yard-line, order ophthacare no rx required but Aaron Hernandez jumped on it to extend the drive. Order ophthacare no rx required On the next play, order ophthacare no rx required Hernandez caught a 7-yard touchdown pass.



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

Secondary injuries

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

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Order ophthacare no rx required Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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