The 2012 National Football League season will open with a game between the Super Bowl champion New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 5 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
This will be the ninth consecutive year the defending champion has hosted the season-opening game, the Giants said in a news release. The home team won the previous eight games, including last season’s victory by the Green Bay Packers over the New Orleans Saints.
This season’s opening game was moved to Wednesday from Thursday to avoid a conflict with President Barack Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, the Giants said.
The Giants beat the Cowboys twice in the final four weeks of last season, including a 31-14 win at MetLife Stadium on Jan. 1 that clinched the National Football Conference East division title.
That regular-season finale averaged 27.6 million viewers, the most for a primetime NBC game and the largest audience for any primetime NFL game since 1996, NBC said in a news release.
The Giants finished the regular season with a 9-7 record before winning four consecutive postseason games and their second Super Bowl in five seasons. The Cowboys finished the regular season 8-8 and lost a tiebreaker with the Philadelphia Eagles to finish third in the division.
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