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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, tofranil 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.

Bolden, tofranil free delivery a rookie from Mississippi, tofranil free delivery was suspended by the NFL on Nov. Tofranil free delivery 9 for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Tofranil free delivery He hadn’t played since Oct. Tofranil free delivery 14 at Seattle, tofranil free delivery when he injured a knee against the Seahawks. Tofranil free delivery The injury cost him two games, tofranil free delivery then the suspension added four more.

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

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

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

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

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