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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

“That was definitely a scheme play, touch up kit online review” Lloyd said. Touch up kit online review “We worked hard on that all week, touch up kit online review and when the opportunity presented itself, touch up kit 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, touch up kit online review catching seven passes for 89 yards, touch up kit online review his second-highest total of the season.

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

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

All lined up

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

For the first time in a month, touch up kit online review and just the sixth time this season, touch up kit 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, touch up kit online review Logan Mankins at left guard, touch up kit online review Ryan Wendell at center, touch up kit online review Dan Connolly at right guard, touch up kit online review and Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle.

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

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

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Touch up kit online review Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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