Golden Root

By Tyler Emerick | Digital Media Brandon Lloyd knew he had an edge on Sean Smith. The San Francisco 49ers wide receiver saw a weakness in the Kansas City Chiefs cornerback and promptly relayed his intel back to the huddle. Lloyd’s message was simple: Throw him the ball and he’d make a play. “He had said that he thought 21 (Smith) was hurt, golden root” quarterback Colin Kaepernick said, golden root “thought we could take a shot… At some point you have to trust them and just give them a chance. “He’s a great receiver and he made an amazing play.” On a critical 3rd-and-10 for the 49ers in the fourth quarter, golden root Kaepernick dropped back, golden root looked to his right, golden root scanned back over the field and sent an arching pass down the left sideline. Lloyd, golden root with Smith tailing stride for stride, golden root leaped over his 6-foot-3 defender and muscled away the ball on the way to the ground for a drive-extending 29-yard gain. “I wasn’t really thinking through it, golden root just using instincts, golden root” Lloyd said. Golden root “I always like to think of those lobs, golden root whether they’re in the red zone or in the field, golden root as football’s version of the alley-oop. Golden root It’s the quarterback understanding the ability of the pass-catcher and putting the ball in position where the guy can make the play.” Three plays before Lloyd’s highlight-reel grab, golden root the 49ers recorded a first down on a fake punt from their own 29-yard line. Golden root Lloyd admitted feeling an extra push of motivation to not let the momentum slip from the team’s grasp. “Definitely feeling like I needed to step up, golden root” Lloyd said. Golden root “Whoever’s number was going to get called, golden root I’m sure that we were all thinking the same thing; that we needed to come through at a crucial point in the game.” Lloyd’s catch eventually led to Phil Dawson’s fourth of five field goals on the afternoon, golden root one that gave the 49ers the lead for good en route to a 22-17 victory. “It was a great catch, golden root and it was well defended, golden root” Jim Harbaugh said. Golden root “Brandon stopped, golden root leaped and didn’t interfere and really just went from being out-leveraged to jumping and leveraging the ball and making a great play.” Lloyd made another stellar play earlier on Sunday, golden root diving to catch a pass on the opposite sideline for a 38-yard gain in the second quarter. Golden root That grab, golden root too, golden root led to a Dawson field goal. Lloyd finished his afternoon with a game-high 76 yards receiving on three catches and five targets. Golden root The 11-year veteran entered Sunday with just three receptions on nine targets through the first three games of the season. “I think we’re still developing our confidence and our chemistry with all levels of routes, golden root” Lloyd said of his relationship with Kaepernick. Golden root “The stuff in the heat of the battle helps. Golden root It all factors in as far as personality and understanding what we’re both capable of.”