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Cowboys vs. Giants: Report Card Grades for Best & Worst of Season Opener
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It seemed that it would never end, but the long, dark days of summer have given way to fall, and on Wednesday night the Dallas Cowboys and defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants kicked off the 2012 NFL season at the stadium I'm still going to call The Meadowlands because I can.

It was expected the contest between two heated NFC East rivals would provide plenty of excitement, but the cold, hard truth is it looked a lot more like two teams playing their first meaningful game of the season.

It was the Dallas Cowboys that settled down in the second half, and when the final gun sounded Dallas emerged victorious 24-17.

Since the kids are back in school and football's back at the forefront of American sports, let's hand out some report cards of our own by grading some of the best and worst of the opening game of the 2012 NFL campaign.

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