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. Mometasone furoate In reality, mometasone furoate it was actually among the best receiving performances of the Tom Brady era, mometasone furoate 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, mometasone furoate the bar wasn’t exactly set extremely high. Mometasone furoate He’d been thrown to plenty — at least five targets in all but two games, mometasone furoate seven or more targets in eight games and 12 or more in three games — but through his first 13 games as a Patriot, mometasone furoate 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, mometasone furoate turning in a gargantuan 10-reception, mometasone furoate 190-yard performance on a night in which Brady went his way 16 times. Mometasone furoate Lloyd didn’t score a touchdown against the 49ers (he still has just four on the season), mometasone furoate but he played an integral role in the Patriots coming back from 28 points down in the second half. Mometasone furoate In particular, mometasone furoate 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. Mometasone furoate The performance was one Patriots fans shouldn’t soon forget, mometasone furoate and not just because it was a coming out party for the highly touted free agent signee. Mometasone furoate Lloyd’s 190 receiving yards are significant, mometasone furoate 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, mometasone furoate turning in a 16-catch, mometasone furoate 217-yard performance in last season’s 34-31 loss to the Bills, mometasone furoate as well as catching 15 passes for 192 yards on Nov. Mometasone furoate 22, mometasone furoate 2009 in a 31-14 win over the Jets.
Obviously, mometasone furoate receiving yards aren’t the only means of judging a great receiving performance, mometasone furoate as Rob Gronkowski literally has a dozen multi-touchdown games under his belt that outshine Lloyd’s game against the 49ers. Mometasone furoate Still, mometasone furoate Lloyd was brought in to be a vertical threat capable of producing big plays and big yards, mometasone furoate and he did so Sunday in a way that’s rarely been seen even in this offense. Mometasone furoate 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, mometasone furoate but the apparent inability to correctly count to 10 on my part means it’s now a top-13 list):