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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

“That was definitely a scheme play, sumycin free sample” Lloyd said. Sumycin free sample “We worked hard on that all week, sumycin free sample and when the opportunity presented itself, sumycin 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, sumycin free sample catching seven passes for 89 yards, sumycin free sample his second-highest total of the season.

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

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

All lined up

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

For the first time in a month, sumycin free sample and just the sixth time this season, sumycin 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, sumycin free sample Logan Mankins at left guard, sumycin free sample Ryan Wendell at center, sumycin free sample Dan Connolly at right guard, sumycin free sample and Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle.

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

Another key starter also returned from injury, sumycin free sample with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, sumycin 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. Sumycin free sample The other inactive players were offensive linemen Nick McDonald and Markus Zusevics, sumycin free sample defensive linemen Jake Bequette and Ron Brace, sumycin free sample safety Derrick Martin, sumycin free sample and fullback James Develin, sumycin free sample who was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Nov. Sumycin free sample 28, sumycin free sample but has yet to play.

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

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

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

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

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