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Thomas Davis on losing Luke Kuechly: 'You've got to turn your game up'

Sep 13, 2015; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) is escorted off the field in the second quarter of their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. The Carolina Panthers won 20-9. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 13, 2015; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) is escorted off the field in the second quarter of their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. The Carolina Panthers won 20-9. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

The "next man up" mentality was in full effect on Sunday for the Carolina Panthers. After the team saw star linebacker Luke Kuechly leave the game with a concussion, it was time for the rest of the group to step up and do their part. No player knew that better than LB Thomas Davis, according to David Newton of ESPN.

"You lose one of the best players in the NFL, you've got to turn your game up," outside linebacker Thomas Davis told ESPN.

Not only did Davis tally a sack and an interception after Kuechly left the game, but cornerback Josh Norman pulled down an interception and took it in for a touchdown as well. The defensive unit for Carolina showing the ability to step up without Kuechly was simply huge on Sunday, and may have made the difference between a win and a loss.

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