Lloyd emerges as huge contributor

December, 17, 2012
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A driving rainstorm and stingy 49ers defense wasn't enough to entirely slow down the Patriots' passing game on Sunday night, as Tom Brady finished with a season-best 443 passing yards while completing 36-of-65 attempts.

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AP Photo/Elise AmendolaBrandon Lloyd makes one of his 10 catches in front of 49ers defensive back Chris Culliver.
Ten of those completions were to wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, who for the second straight week was a focal point of the Patriots' offense, finishing with 190 yards, the most by a Patriots receiver this season.

"He played a great game," Brady said of Lloyd. "He played a great game and made some great catches when we needed it. He's had two great weeks in a row, [and] we're going to need it down the stretch here."

After managing just a single reception in the Patriots' Week 13 win over the Dolphins, Lloyd has bounced back to post 17 catches and 289 yards in the past two games. He's increased his season totals to 67 catches for 840 yards and looks to be in a rhythm with Brady.

Asked what seemed to be working for him personally, Lloyd said after the game, "I'd have to watch the film, I really don't know."

No matter what it was that worked, the results were undeniable. Lloyd was effective in working the perimeter of the field, and made several toe-tapping catches near the sideline.

Following the Miami game, Brady made the point that he had to do a better job of finding Lloyd throughout the course of the game.

Two weeks later, the quarterback has accomplished just that.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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