The first game of the 2012 NFL regular season will be the same matchup as the last game of the 2011 NFL regular season: Cowboys at Giants.
The NFL announced today that the Giants, in the traditional role of the Super Bowl champions, will host the first game of the season at MetLife Stadium, and they’ll do it against the Cowboys on Wednesday, September 5, on NBC.
It’s the third consecutive Cowboys-Giants game to air on NBC in prime time; both of last season’s games between the two NFC East rivals were also NBC Sunday night games.
It’s the ninth consecutive year that the defending Super Bowl champions have hosted the regular-season opener, with the Super Bowl winners going 8-0 so far. It’s also the first time that the game has been on a Wednesday, as the game was moved a day earlier this year to accommodate President Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention.