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Film review gives Panthers’ Luke Kuechly team tackles record – by 6

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David T. Foster, III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) was credited with 24 tackles by the stats crew during Sunday’s 17-13 victory over the New Orleans Saints, including this one on Pierre Thomas (23). Film review bumped that number to 26, a team record.

Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly’s big day in Sunday’s 17-13 victory over the New Orleans Saints got even bigger after his coaches got to watch the tape.

Kuechly was credited with 24 tackles after Sunday’s game, and a coaches’ film review upped that number to 26. That broke the team record of 20, held by James Anderson.

“I think it took three games to equal one,” said Rivera, comparing his playing days with the Bears to Kuechly’s game Sunday. “That was very impressive yesterday and he played a heck of a football game.”

Kuechly became the first player since Tampa Bay’s Derrick Brooks in 2001 with 20-plus tackles and an interception in a game.

Because tackle is not an official NFL statistic, there is no official NFL record for most tackles in a game. But his 24 tackles, according to press box statistics, were the most in an NFL game since 2007.

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