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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

“That was definitely a scheme play, levitra super active” Lloyd said. Levitra super active “We worked hard on that all week, levitra super active and when the opportunity presented itself, levitra super active Coach [Josh] McDaniels called it at the right time and we were able to take advantage of it.”

Lloyd took advantage of his opportunities, levitra super active catching seven passes for 89 yards, levitra super active his second-highest total of the season.

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

“Just a screen pass, levitra super active we do our best to block downfield, levitra super active and unfortunately the ball popped out, levitra super active” Lloyd said. Levitra super active “But we were there to make the play.”

All lined up

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

For the first time in a month, levitra super active and just the sixth time this season, levitra super active the Patriots began the game with the five players who are designated by the team as its starters: Nate Solder at left tackle, levitra super active Logan Mankins at left guard, levitra super active Ryan Wendell at center, levitra super active Dan Connolly at right guard, levitra super active and Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle.

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

Another key starter also returned from injury, levitra super active with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, levitra super active back after sitting out two games with an ankle injury.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski missed his third straight game with a broken forearm. Levitra super active The other inactive players were offensive linemen Nick McDonald and Markus Zusevics, levitra super active defensive linemen Jake Bequette and Ron Brace, levitra super active safety Derrick Martin, levitra super active and fullback James Develin, levitra super active who was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Nov. Levitra super active 28, levitra super active but has yet to play.

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

With the interception, levitra super active the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, levitra super active one behind the Chicago Bears. Levitra super active Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

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

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

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

Secondary injuries

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

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Levitra super active Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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