By DJ Bean | WEEI.com Blog Network
The takeaway from Brandon Lloyd‘s performance Sunday was obvious: It was his best game as a Patriot. Free keftab In reality, free keftab it was actually among the best receiving performances of the Tom Brady era, free keftab and one that had never even been turned in by Randy Moss in his time with the Pats.
Considering how Lloyd’s first season in New England had gone up until Sunday night’s matchup with the 49ers, free keftab the bar wasn’t exactly set extremely high. Free keftab He’d been thrown to plenty — at least five targets in all but two games, free keftab seven or more targets in eight games and 12 or more in three games — but through his first 13 games as a Patriot, free keftab the former first-round pick had just two performances with 70 yards or more.
Lloyd more than exceeded whatever lowered expectations the last 13 games may have brought, free keftab turning in a gargantuan 10-reception, free keftab 190-yard performance on a night in which Brady went his way 16 times. Free keftab Lloyd didn’t score a touchdown against the 49ers (he still has just four on the season), free keftab but he played an integral role in the Patriots coming back from 28 points down in the second half. Free keftab In particular, free keftab Lloyd’s 53-yard reception with the Patriots on their own 18 yard line put the Pats in striking distance to set up Danny Woodhead‘s game-tying touchdown.
Lloyd also came up with a 24-yard grab on 4th-and-4 with the Pats down by 10 late to set up Stephen Gostkowski‘s field goal. Free keftab The performance was one Patriots fans shouldn’t soon forget, free keftab and not just because it was a coming out party for the highly touted free agent signee. Free keftab Lloyd’s 190 receiving yards are significant, free keftab as they stand as the third-most in a single game for the Pats once since Brady took over for Drew Bledsoe in the 2001 season.
Wes Welker has topped 190 yards twice for the Patriots, free keftab turning in a 16-catch, free keftab 217-yard performance in last season’s 34-31 loss to the Bills, free keftab as well as catching 15 passes for 192 yards on Nov. Free keftab 22, free keftab 2009 in a 31-14 win over the Jets.
Obviously, free keftab receiving yards aren’t the only means of judging a great receiving performance, free keftab as Rob Gronkowski literally has a dozen multi-touchdown games under his belt that outshine Lloyd’s game against the 49ers. Free keftab Still, free keftab Lloyd was brought in to be a vertical threat capable of producing big plays and big yards, free keftab and he did so Sunday in a way that’s rarely been seen even in this offense. Free keftab Here’s a look at some of the biggest receiving performances of the Brady era for the Pats in terms of yards (meant to be a top-10 sort of list, free keftab but the apparent inability to correctly count to 10 on my part means it’s now a top-13 list):