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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, sarafem free delivery 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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With 234 yards on 43 carries, sarafem free delivery Bolden came into the Texans game with the second-most rushing yards for the Patriots, sarafem free delivery and his 5.4-yard average led the team. Sarafem free delivery Stevan Ridley has been the workhorse since Bolden was forced out, sarafem free delivery gaining 486 yards in the six games Bolden missed.

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

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As for the suspension?

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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. Sarafem free delivery The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

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

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



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Handing out Hall passes

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Secondary injuries

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

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

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