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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

“That was definitely a scheme play, plavix in canada” Lloyd said. Plavix in canada “We worked hard on that all week, plavix in canada and when the opportunity presented itself, plavix in canada Coach [Josh] McDaniels called it at the right time and we were able to take advantage of it.”

Lloyd took advantage of his opportunities, plavix in canada catching seven passes for 89 yards, plavix in canada his second-highest total of the season.

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

“Just a screen pass, plavix in canada we do our best to block downfield, plavix in canada and unfortunately the ball popped out, plavix in canada” Lloyd said. Plavix in canada “But we were there to make the play.”

All lined up

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

For the first time in a month, plavix in canada and just the sixth time this season, plavix in canada the Patriots began the game with the five players who are designated by the team as its starters: Nate Solder at left tackle, plavix in canada Logan Mankins at left guard, plavix in canada Ryan Wendell at center, plavix in canada Dan Connolly at right guard, plavix in canada and Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle.

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

Another key starter also returned from injury, plavix in canada with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, plavix in canada back after sitting out two games with an ankle injury.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski missed his third straight game with a broken forearm. Plavix in canada The other inactive players were offensive linemen Nick McDonald and Markus Zusevics, plavix in canada defensive linemen Jake Bequette and Ron Brace, plavix in canada safety Derrick Martin, plavix in canada and fullback James Develin, plavix in canada who was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Nov. Plavix in canada 28, plavix in canada but has yet to play.

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

“Felt good, plavix in canada” Bolden said. Plavix in canada “Missing four weeks, plavix in canada you try not to get out of shape, plavix in canada you keep yourself active, plavix in canada it felt good getting out there for the first time.”

As for the suspension?

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

With the interception, plavix in canada the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, plavix in canada one behind the Chicago Bears. Plavix in canada Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

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