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Luke Kuechly had the most tackles in a game since 2007

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Rams defensive end Robert Quinn earned some praise from his teammates on Sunday as he added to his case for Defensive Player of the Year with three sacks against the Buccaneers.

Quinn’s not the only contender for that prize, however, and he wasn’t the only contender to leave his teammates praising his work on Sunday. Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly had 24 tackles, the most in the NFL since David Harris had the same number in 2007, and an interception of Saints quarterback Drew Brees in a driving rainstorm to help the Panthers stay in position for Cam Newton’s game-winning touchdown. It’s the first time since 2001 that a player has had 20 tackles and a pick in one game, at least a player in an actual game.

“I mean, 24 tackles in an NFL game? That’s like a created player in Madden,” safety Mike Mitchell said, via the Charlotte Observer. “That’s not supposed to happen.”

Kuechly gave the credit for his game to the team’s coaches and the defensive line and there’s certainly enough plaudits to go around for one of the league’s best defenses. Kuechly is clearly the leader of that defense, though, and that could lead to accolades for him individually while the team tries to continue their excellent play across the board from the last three months.

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21 Responses to “Luke Kuechly had the most tackles in a game since 2007”
  1. iloveagoodnap says: Dec 23, 2013 10:56 AM

    Wow. Dont know what else to say. Hats off, Luke.

  2. turfdaddy says: Dec 23, 2013 11:04 AM


  3. flaccounibrow says: Dec 23, 2013 11:10 AM

    Ray lewis had 50 tackles in a game once, and what’s even more amazing is that the opposing team ran only 40 offensive plays.

  4. realfootballfan says: Dec 23, 2013 11:10 AM

    Best LB in football. Bonafied stud.

  5. zam0854 says: Dec 23, 2013 11:13 AM

    Luke is a beast! Every team in the NFL would love a guy on their team like him.


  6. pilot2011 says: Dec 23, 2013 11:14 AM

    -Luke Kuechly: 24 tackles, 1 int.
    -Thomas Davis: 17 tackles, 1 int.

    not a bad day to be a Panther’s linebacker.

  7. qdog112 says: Dec 23, 2013 11:16 AM

    As a Panthers fan, I have to say, Luke had a fantastic game, but when and where you make plays is very important. This year Thomas Davis has made more timely and significant plays for the defense.

    By the quantity, it’s Luke hands down. But by quality and significance, you have to take a good look at Davis as MVP of the Panthers defense.

    The team cannot lose either.

  8. mathomp3 says: Dec 23, 2013 11:21 AM


  9. jhoerst says: Dec 23, 2013 11:30 AM

    Kuechly is a Cincinnati kid so I like him.. Nice to see some young LB’s coming up.. Burfict for the Bengals leads the league in tackles and is a beast as well!

  10. cowboysfaninbuffalove says: Dec 23, 2013 11:31 AM

    Sean Lee* > Luke Keuchly

    *When healthy

  11. jm91rs says: Dec 23, 2013 11:32 AM

    Cincinnati Native Luke Kuechly is tearing it up as the best LB in football, and not far behind him is Cincinnati Bengals player Vontaze Burfict. This city is very proud of both!

  12. omniscient48 says: Dec 23, 2013 11:39 AM

    Kuechly seemed like he was part of the Saints offense yesterday. Guy was unbelievable.

  13. myeaglescantwin says: Dec 23, 2013 11:44 AM

    it what world can Lee be mentioned in the same breath as Kuechly??

    “you know who else is a MLB? Sean Lee.”

    end scenario.

  14. remmsterr says: Dec 23, 2013 11:52 AM

    I don’t want to be that guy but I couldn’t help but notice that your first line referred to Robert Quinn as a linebacker. He’s actually listed and plays defensive right end.

  15. patriotsdefense says: Dec 23, 2013 12:48 PM

    Meh, only 9 were solo tackles.

  16. dldove77 says: Dec 23, 2013 1:17 PM

    “Sean Lee* > Luke Keuchly

    *When healthy”

    Cowboys fans are adorable.

  17. djshnooks says: Dec 23, 2013 1:29 PM

    Kiko Alonso is having a better year, as a rookie…check the stats. He had 22 tackles in one game. He is top-10 in the league for INTS too, at all positions. Thanks the Kuechly, the Bills beat the Panthers…an “MVP” doesn’t make those mistakes.

  18. dldove77 says: Dec 23, 2013 1:52 PM

    24 > 22.

  19. ehart18 says: Dec 23, 2013 2:26 PM

    Can the Bills fans please tell the World what time and channel the Panthers will be on during the Playoffs since they will be watching it form their homes!

  20. iloveagoodnap says: Dec 23, 2013 2:49 PM

    djshnooks says:
    Dec 23, 2013 1:29 PM
    Kiko Alonso is having a better year, as a rookie…check the stats. He had 22 tackles in one game. He is top-10 in the league for INTS too, at all positions. Thanks the Kuechly, the Bills beat the Panthers…an “MVP” doesn’t make those mistakes
    Dude, I like the Bills, their kind of like an unofficial 2nd team for me. But come on. Whether or not Kiko is having a better year overall is irrelevant. Give credit where credit is due to a nearly unprecedented day the Kuechly had. The Bills may have beaten Panthers in week 2, but the Panthers are still better. They actually won close games against good teams instead of playing the shoulda woulda coulda card. You have no leg to stand on here. The Panthers are headed for a 1st round bye while the Bills are headed for nothing, for the 14th year in a row. Id venture a guess that there are 0 Carolina fans out there who still care in any way about that Bills loss.

  21. mddshelby says: Dec 23, 2013 10:31 PM

    To the person with the comments on Ray Lewis and having 50 tackles in a game. Never happend his best game never broke 20 in a game. Not taking anything from Ray but that is just crazy to say he had 50 tackles in one game

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