FOXBOROUGH – It was a big night for Brandon Lloyd, who had his first two touchdown game as a Patriot.
One touchdown was a perfectly executed pass play that looked like a run at the start. The other was a pass-play-turned-fumble where Lloyd happened to be in the right place at the right time.
For his first touchdown, Tom Brady found Lloyd wide open in the middle of the field after the Patriots QB faked a handoff and Lloyd blew past the confused Texans defense that bit on the run. Lloyd breezed into the end zone and the Patriots went up 14-0 in in the first quarter of what would be an eventual 42-14 demolition of Houston.
“That was definitely a scheme play,” Lloyd said. “We worked hard on that all week, and when the opportunity presented itself, Coach [Josh] McDaniels called it at the right time and we were able to take advantage of it.”
Lloyd’s second touchdown came on a fumble recovery in the end zone, after Danny Woodhead lost the ball after catching a screen pass early in the fourth quarter. Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt punched the ball out of Woodhead’s arms and it bounced 13 yards into the end zone, where Lloyd grabbed it like he was pulling in a Brady pass.
“Just a screen pass, we do our best to block downfield, and unfortunately the ball popped out,” Lloyd said. “But we were there to make the play.”
Lloyd played the role of the humble team player after the game.
“Obviously the Texans are a really good football team,” he said. “We did a pretty good job of executing in the first half, for the most part, but we still have things that we need to improve on. I think we had a great week of practice and we did things that were necessary to come out and execute well. It was a team effort.”
Lloyd caught seven passes for 89 yards, his second-highest total of the season.