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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

Lloyd took advantage of his opportunities, relafen in canada catching seven passes for 89 yards, relafen in canada his second-highest total of the season.

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

“Just a screen pass, relafen in canada we do our best to block downfield, relafen in canada and unfortunately the ball popped out, relafen in canada” Lloyd said. Relafen in canada “But we were there to make the play.”

All lined up

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

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

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

Another key starter also returned from injury, relafen in canada with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, relafen in canada back after sitting out two games with an ankle injury.

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

With the interception, relafen in canada the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, relafen in canada one behind the Chicago Bears. Relafen in canada Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

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

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

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

Secondary injuries

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

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