A busy night of sports action, highlighted by an NFC South showdown give sports fans plenty of choices on television on Thursday night.
National Football League
New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons - 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network, 93.7 FM): The Saints appeared to be getting back into playoff contention before a loss to the San Francisco 49ers stopped the Saints' three-game winning streak. The Saints have dominated the series recently against the Falcons, winning 11 of their last 13 games against them, including a 31-27 win in Week 9.
National Basketball Association
San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat - 8 p.m. (TNT): The Heat have a four game winning streak while the Spurs have won five in a row to take the lead in their respective divisions. The Heat also have won their first six games at home this season.
Denver Nuggets vs. Golden State Warriors - 10:30 p.m. (TNT): The third matchup between these Western Conference foes this season. The Nuggets have won both earlier games this season, 107-101 in double overtime on Nov. 10 and 102-91 on Nov. 23.
Louisville Cardinals vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights - 7:30 p.m. (ESPN): The Big East's BCS bid is on the line. A win by Rutgers would give them the Big East title outright, but a win by Louisville leaves a three-way tie for the conference lead along with the Syracuse Orange.