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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, sleep aid” quarterback Colin Kaepernick said, sleep aid “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, sleep aid Kaepernick dropped back, sleep aid looked to his right, sleep aid scanned back over the field and sent an arching pass down the left sideline. Lloyd, sleep aid with Smith tailing stride for stride, sleep aid 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, sleep aid just using instincts, sleep aid” Lloyd said. Sleep aid “I always like to think of those lobs, sleep aid whether they’re in the red zone or in the field, sleep aid as football’s version of the alley-oop. Sleep aid 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, sleep aid the 49ers recorded a first down on a fake punt from their own 29-yard line. Sleep aid 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, sleep aid” Lloyd said. Sleep aid “Whoever’s number was going to get called, sleep aid 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, sleep aid one that gave the 49ers the lead for good en route to a 22-17 victory. “It was a great catch, sleep aid and it was well defended, sleep aid” Jim Harbaugh said. Sleep aid “Brandon stopped, sleep aid 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, sleep aid diving to catch a pass on the opposite sideline for a 38-yard gain in the second quarter. Sleep aid That grab, sleep aid too, sleep aid led to a Dawson field goal. Lloyd finished his afternoon with a game-high 76 yards receiving on three catches and five targets. Sleep aid 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, sleep aid” Lloyd said of his relationship with Kaepernick. Sleep aid “The stuff in the heat of the battle helps. Sleep aid It all factors in as far as personality and understanding what we’re both capable of.”