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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

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

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

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

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

Secondary injuries

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

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