Report: NFL Announces That Giants Will Host Cowboys in Season Opener

Jeffrey SchmidtCorrespondent IIIMarch 27, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 01:   Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giants runs the ball against Josh Brent #92 of the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on January 1, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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The NFL announced earlier this year that the New York Giants will open the season Wednesday, Sept. 5th to avoid a conflict with President Barack Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention. But today we learned who the opponent for this opening day clash will be. 

The rival Dallas Cowboys will come to town to take on the Super Bowl champions in a game that NBC will televise at 8:30 PM ET, which makes it the first Wednesday game that the NFL has witnessed since the Rams faced the Lions on hump day in 1948.  

Many thought that the Green Bay Packers would be the featured team because it would showcase the past two Super Bowl champions in the opening game, but the NFL elected to go with one of its best rivalry games.  

The Giants beat the Cowboys each time they played in the 2011 season, but the Cowboys own the overall series with a 56-42-2 record.  

The defending champion is 8-0 in season openers since the NFL began putting the defending Super Bowl champion in the kickoff game eight years ago.