This just announced by the National Football League, the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Football Giants will open the season against their traditional NFC East Division rival, the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday, September 5 at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Earlier this year, the NFL moved the season opener back one day to accommodate President Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention the following night.
We have the announcement from the National Football League direct from the League meetings where this latest development was released.
It’s the second time the Giants will open the season at home following a Super Bowl, both wins coming against the New England Patriots and both wins celebrated across America from coast-to-coast.
This marks the third straight Giants-Cowboys matchup on NBC as Sunday Night Football aired both meetings last season including the regular season finale of 2011-12 which gave the NFC East Division crown to the G-Men.
The Super Bowl champion New York Giants will host the Dallas Cowboys at New Meadowlands Stadium in the 2012 season-opening NFL Kickoff game on Wednesday, September 5 (NBC, 8:30 PM ET), the NFL announced today.
NBC will televise the game at 8:30 PM ET and NFL Kickoff 2012 at 7:30 PM ET.
Continuing a tradition that started in 2004, the previous year’s Super Bowl winner hosts the NFL Kickoff game to open the following season.
RESULT (HOME TEAM IN CAPS)
Sept. 9, 2004
NEW ENGLAND 27, Indianapolis 24
New England quarterback Tom Brady passes for 335 yards and three touchdowns as the defending Super Bowl champions defeat the Colts.
Sept. 8, 2005
NEW ENGLAND 30, Oakland 20
New England quarterback Tom Brady leads the offense by throwing for 306 yards and two touchdowns while running back Corey Dillon adds two scores for the defending Super Bowl champions.
Sept. 7, 2006
PITTSBURGH 28, Miami 17
Pittsburgh quarterback Charlie Batch passes for three touchdowns and running back Willie Parker adds 115 yards as the defending Super Bowl champions defeat Miami.
Sept. 6, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS 41, New Orleans 10
The Super Bowl champion Colts rack up 452 yards of offense as quarterback Peyton Manning passes for 288 yards and three TDs.
Sept. 4, 2008
NY GIANTS 16, Washington 7
Quarterback Eli Manning scores a touchdown and the Giants’ defense allows just 209 total yards as the defending Super Bowl champions defeat division-rival Washington.
Sept. 10, 2009
PITTSBURGH 13, Tennessee 10 (OT)
Pittsburgh’s Jeff Reed kicks a 33-yard game-winning field goal in overtime as the defending Super Bowl champions defeat Tennessee.
Sept. 9, 2010
NEW ORLEANS 14, Minnesota 9
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees throws for 237 yards and a touchdown to lead the Saints past the Vikings in a rematch of the 2009 NFC Championship Game.
Sept. 8, 2011
GREEN BAY 42, New Orleans 34
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers passes for 312 yards and three touchdowns and the Packers’ defense makes a goal-line stand on the game’s final play as the defending Super Bowl champions defeat the Saints.
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