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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

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

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

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

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

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Secondary injuries

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

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