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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

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

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

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

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