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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

Lloyd took advantage of his opportunities, propecia free sample catching seven passes for 89 yards, propecia free sample his second-highest total of the season.

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

“Just a screen pass, propecia free sample we do our best to block downfield, propecia free sample and unfortunately the ball popped out, propecia free sample” Lloyd said. Propecia free sample “But we were there to make the play.”

All lined up

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

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

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

Another key starter also returned from injury, propecia free sample with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, propecia free sample back after sitting out two games with an ankle injury.

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

“Felt good, propecia free sample” Bolden said. Propecia free sample “Missing four weeks, propecia free sample you try not to get out of shape, propecia free sample you keep yourself active, propecia free sample it felt good getting out there for the first time.”

As for the suspension?

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

With the interception, propecia free sample the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, propecia free sample one behind the Chicago Bears. Propecia free sample Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Propecia free sample Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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