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. Loxapac In reality, loxapac it was actually among the best receiving performances of the Tom Brady era, loxapac 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, loxapac the bar wasn’t exactly set extremely high. Loxapac He’d been thrown to plenty — at least five targets in all but two games, loxapac seven or more targets in eight games and 12 or more in three games — but through his first 13 games as a Patriot, loxapac 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, loxapac turning in a gargantuan 10-reception, loxapac 190-yard performance on a night in which Brady went his way 16 times. Loxapac Lloyd didn’t score a touchdown against the 49ers (he still has just four on the season), loxapac but he played an integral role in the Patriots coming back from 28 points down in the second half. Loxapac In particular, loxapac 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. Loxapac The performance was one Patriots fans shouldn’t soon forget, loxapac and not just because it was a coming out party for the highly touted free agent signee. Loxapac Lloyd’s 190 receiving yards are significant, loxapac 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, loxapac turning in a 16-catch, loxapac 217-yard performance in last season’s 34-31 loss to the Bills, loxapac as well as catching 15 passes for 192 yards on Nov. Loxapac 22, loxapac 2009 in a 31-14 win over the Jets.

Obviously, loxapac receiving yards aren’t the only means of judging a great receiving performance, loxapac as Rob Gronkowski literally has a dozen multi-touchdown games under his belt that outshine Lloyd’s game against the 49ers. Loxapac Still, loxapac Lloyd was brought in to be a vertical threat capable of producing big plays and big yards, loxapac and he did so Sunday in a way that’s rarely been seen even in this offense. Loxapac 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, loxapac but the apparent inability to correctly count to 10 on my part means it’s now a top-13 list):

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