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Panthers LB Luke Kuechly has mastered the body slam tackle

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Luke Kuechly has apparently mastered the slam tackle. (USATSI)
Luke Kuechly has apparently mastered the slam tackle. (USATSI)

If anyone needed any reminder why Luke Kuechly was voted NFL defensive player of the year last season, the Panthers linebacker gave us that reminder on Friday.

On a first-and-10 play from the Patriots 49-yard line, New England quarterback Ryan Mallett handed the ball off to Stevan Ridley -- and then this happened.

That is Kuechly stopping Ridley dead in his tracks and then slamming him to the ground. This is probably Kuechly's way of telling us that he's going to be winning a few more defensive player of the year awards.

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