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NFL schedule 2012: Falcons, Saints meet Thursday night

The Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints are set for a Thursday night showdown.

Chris Graythen

As the NFL season nears the home stretch, the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints meet Thursday night for a rivalry game at the Georgia Dome.

Atlanta is 10-1 this season, tied with the Houston Texans for the NFL's best record, but that one loss came two and a half weeks ago against the Saints. New Orleans took an 11-point lead into the fourth quarter and held on for a 31-27 victory at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints need to win Round 2 to keep pace in the NFC Wild Card race. New Orleans is a game back of the NFC's final playoff spot.

Elsewhere in the NFC South this week, the Carolina Panthers hit the road for a contest against the hapless Kansas City Chiefs, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers collide with the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium. Tampa Bay is currently tied with the Seattle Seahawks for the NFC's second Wild Card position.

The complete Week 13 NFL schedule is as follows. All times listed are Eastern:

Thursday, Nov. 29

Saints at Falcons, 8:20 p.m., NFL Network

Sunday, Dec. 2

Seahawks at Bears, 1 p.m., FOX

Jaguars at Bills, 1 p.m., CBS

Colts at Lions, 1 p.m., CBS

Panthers at Chiefs, 1 p.m., FOX

Cardinals at Jets, 1 p.m., FOX

49ers at Rams, 1 p.m., FOX

Texans at Titans, 1 p.m., CBS

Vikings at Packers, 1 p.m., FOX

Patriots at Dolphins, 1 p.m., CBS

Buccaneers at Broncos, 4:05 p.m., FOX

Bengals at Chargers, 4:25 p.m., CBS

Browns at Raiders, 4:25 p.m., CBS

Steelers at Ravens, 4:25 p.m., CBS

Eagles at Cowboys, 8:20 p.m., NBC

Monday, Dec. 3

Giants at Redskins, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

For a complete list of NFL games, check out SI.com's schedule.

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