Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Giants to host Cowboys on Wed. night season opener

The Super Bowl champion New York Giants will open the 2012 NFL regular season by hosting the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.

While the schedulers could have been a little more creative with Big Blue's opponent, there is a twist to the Sept. 5 matchup— it will be played on a Wednesday Night.

Since 2004, the Super Bowl champion has hosted  the NFL season opener on a Thursday night.   This year there was a change of plans because the the NFL wanted to avoid conflict with President Barack Obama's speech to the Democratic National Convention scheduled for Sept. 6.

Last year, the  regular season opener between the Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints conflicted with the President's Congressional Address, so the NFL decided to avoid such a problem during an election year.

The last time a game was played on a Wednesday was in 1948 when the Los Angeles Rams defeated the Detroit Lions 44-7.

In 2011, the Giants didn't even meet the Cowboys until week 14 in Dallas, when they won, 37-34, and salvaged their season after a four game slide.  Three weeks later, in the Meadowlands season finale, the Giants routed the Cowboys, 31-14,  clinching the division title while eliminating the Cowboys.  Both games were nationally televised.

Since the NFL started having the reigning Super Bowl Champions host the opener, the home teams are 8-0.

The Giants won their 2008 season opener— after their Super Bowl XLII victory— 16-7 over the Washington Redskins.

NBC will be broadcasting the nationally-televised 8:30 p.m. game.

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