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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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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. Zovirax free delivery The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

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

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

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



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Handing out Hall passes

If you’re a Patriots fan who’s never been to Canton, zovirax free delivery Ohio, zovirax free delivery and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, zovirax free delivery Canton is coming to you this week. Zovirax free delivery Well, zovirax free delivery at least it’s coming to Foxborough. Zovirax free delivery In recognition of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary, zovirax free delivery the busts of the five former Patriots who have been enshrined — John Hannah, zovirax free delivery Andre Tippett, zovirax free delivery Nick Buoniconti, zovirax free delivery Mike Haynes, zovirax 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, zovirax free delivery with Tippett, zovirax free delivery Haynes, zovirax free delivery and Martin serving as honorary captains.

Secondary injuries

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

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

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