Bone Protection

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