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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

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

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

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

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

Secondary injuries

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

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

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