Carolina Panthers’ LB Thomas Davis Delivers Big Play, with a Sense of Drama

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Carolina Panthers’ LB Thomas Davis Delivers Big Play, with a Sense of Drama
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Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis stood in front of his locker late Sunday afternoon, a sheen of sweat beading on his face, listening to the happy chatter around him and soaking it all in. Already a medical marvel having become the first NFL player to return to play after three ACL surgeries on the same knee, Davis put a coating of glitter on his extraordinary season Sunday when he intercepted a fourth-down, fourth-quarter pass by Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan that effectively gutted the Falcons’ desperate comeback effort. It was Davis’s first interception since 2009 and it was among the reasons head coach Ron Rivera gave Davis a game ball, a reward that brought Rivera to the edge of tears when he talked about what Davis has accomplished this season.

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