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Sports TV Schedule 12/16: 49ers-Chargers Thursday Night Football, Hawks-Celtics, Hurricanes-Thrashers

Your Thursday Atlanta sports TV schedule. All times ET.

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Football

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San Francisco 49ers at San Diego Chargers, 8, NFL Network: Both of these teams are West division contenders. The only difference is the Niners' West is terrible. Worth watching, if only to see the age-old debate get settled on who's crazier: Mike Singletary or Philip Rivers. Popular money's on the Samurai, but don't sleep on Laserface if things don't go his way.

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Basketball

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Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics, 8, TNT: The rare nationally televised Hawks game, and of course it comes minus Joe Johnson against the NBA's hottest team. Oh, and they just beat another really hot team in a four-quarter brawl, so they're feeling extra good about themselves. Of course.

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San Antonio Spurs at Denver Nuggets, 10:30, TNT: Keep an eye on your Twitter password during this game, lest a local TV station decide to borrow your handle for rampant Carmelo Anthony trade speculation. Because they kind of wore that out for their own accounts during the last Nuggets game. BREAKING: Tim Duncan just traded Cliff Lee for Gus Malzahn!

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Hockey

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Carolina Hurricanes at Atlanta Thrashers, 7, SportSouth: Tough loss for the good guys last night, but these things happen. The Thrashers and Lightning are probably going to be neck-and-neck all season long, so let's get it done at home against the Canes.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.