The Super Bowl champion New York Giants will kick off the 2012 NFL season when they host the Dallas Cowboys during a Sept. 5 event at MetLife Stadium.
The game will kickoff at 8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised live on NBC.
While the regular season has traditionally started on a Thursday since 2002 the NFL decided to move this year’s opener to avoid conflicts with President Barack Obama’s planned speech for the Democratic National Convention.
The last time a game has been played on a Wednesday was Sept. 22, 1948 when the St. Louis Rams took on the Detroit Lions.
Giants owner John Mara joked:
“Who cares who we are playing; hosting the game is all that’s important,” while he added, “It’s exciting. They’re one of our big rivals. We had two great games last year. The fans will be jacked up for it.”
The New York Giants owe part of their Superbowl victory to the Dallas Cowboys after they managed to beat them twice over a one month period. The Giants secured a 37-34 victory on Dec. 11 and then on Jan. 1 they won 31-14 to end the regular season and clinch the NFC East division title. The Jan. 1 telecast drew in 27.6 million viewers, the most for a Sunday night game and the most-watched regular season game of the last 15 years.
The game will be a big one for the Dallas Cowboys who has lost five of their last six meetings against the New York Giants
The match will also be the second time in four years that the New York Giants have opened the NFL season. They defeated the Washington Redskins at home in 2008 with a final score of 16-7.