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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

Lloyd took advantage of his opportunities, singulair online review catching seven passes for 89 yards, singulair online review his second-highest total of the season.

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

“Just a screen pass, singulair online review we do our best to block downfield, singulair online review and unfortunately the ball popped out, singulair online review” Lloyd said. Singulair online review “But we were there to make the play.”

All lined up

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

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

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

Another key starter also returned from injury, singulair online review with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, singulair online review back after sitting out two games with an ankle injury.

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

“Felt good, singulair online review” Bolden said. Singulair online review “Missing four weeks, singulair online review you try not to get out of shape, singulair online review you keep yourself active, singulair online review it felt good getting out there for the first time.”

As for the suspension?

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

With the interception, singulair online review the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, singulair online review one behind the Chicago Bears. Singulair online review Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

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