2012 New York Giants Schedule: Full Listing of Dates, Time and TV Info

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistApril 17, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07:  Quarterback Eli Manning #10 (R) of the New York Giants and Super Bowl XLVI MVP holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy as Justin Tuck #91 (R) of the New York Giants looks on during the Giants' Victory Parade on February 7, 2012 in New York City. The Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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A year ago the New York Giants needed to beat their rival Dallas Cowboys to make the postseason. It is only fitting that they should start their title defense in similar fashion.

The defending champs will kick off the NFL season in a rare Wednesday night game at home against the Cowboys on September 5th. Last season they didn't square off until very late in the year and both the games were season-changers.

Big Blue has the toughest schedule in all of football this year, according to the Red Zone, and as reigning champs they're going to have a target on their back each and every week. Playing in the NFC East, the league's toughest division, doesn't help their cause.

Every week counts for the New York Giants and they'll be a high-profile draw every time they take the field.

NFL.com released the Giants' 2012 schedule.

Week 1: (Wednesday, 9/5): New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC

Week 2 9/16: New York Giants vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. ET, FOX

Week 3 9/20 (Thursday): New York Giants at Carolina Panthers, 8:20 p.m. ET, NFL Network

Week 4 9/30: New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC

Week 5 10/7: New York Giants vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

Week 6 10/14: New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers, 4:15 p.m. ET, FOX

Week 7 10/21: New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. ET, FOX

Week 8 10/28: New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys, 4:15 p.m. ET, FOX

Week 9 11/4: New York Giants vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 4:15 p.m. ET CBS

Week 10 11/11: New York Giants at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. ET, FOX

Week 11: Bye

Week 12 11/25: New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC

Week 13 12/3: New York Giants at Washington Redskins, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Week 14 12/9: New York Giants vs. New Orleans Saints, 4:15 p.m. ET FOX

Week 15 12/16: New York Giants at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. ET, FOX

Week 16 12/23: New York Giants at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. ET, FOX

Week 17 12/30: New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. ET, FOX


As stated earlier, there are few easy weeks, if any, on the Giants' slate this season.

Both the Cowboys and Eagles will be legitimate threats to their NFC East crown and the Redskins, who beat the Giants last year, can not be taken lightly—even with a rookie signal-caller likely at the helm.

There is arguably only one home-field advantage that truly vexes the Giants: the Superdome. Fortunately for the champs, the Saints will be marching into MetLife this year.

The Packers and Steelers visiting is nice, but Big Blue wouldn't be bothered to playing them on the road either. A year ago the Giants lost to Green Bay at MetLife but, obviously, knocked off the Pack at Lambeau in the playoffs.

The Giants lost more games at home than they did on the road last season and they typically do play better away from their base for some inexplicable reason. There is no cause to complain, however, because they'll need those road-warrior skills this season.

Aside from the divisional trips, visits to San Francisco, Atlanta and Baltimore will be huge games for Big Blue.

The Ravens are an out-of-division foe that the Giants have faced only twice since Eli Manning was drafted in 2004, but that will be an interesting potential Super Bowl matchup.

Atlanta will be out for revenge after the beating they took in Wild Card Weekend last year, and they're much better playing in the confines of their dome than they are in the elements.

The trip to San Francisco is the highlight of the season, though.

Most Pivotal Matchup: Giants at 49ers (Week 6)

The G-Men and Niners treated us two of the best games of the year last season. They had drama, intrigue, good football, bad football, high intensity, huge implications and the hint of rivalry possibly brewing from coast to coast.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22:  Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants runs for yards after the catch against Carlos Rogers #22 of the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, Californ
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Not just a rivalry, but a renewed rivalry that saw the two teams combine for six Super Bowls in 10 years between 1982-1991. They met four times in the postseason during those same years and were often in each other's way.

Could we be heading in that direction again? Maybe, maybe not, but we know that these two teams could very well meet in the postseason yet again. 

Every time the Giants take the field it is going to be a battle in 2012. They're the defending champs and will continue to be so until they are eliminated from the playoffs. Everyone wants to be them, but everyone has to beat them first.

Big Blue has only made the postseason the year after winning the Bowl once. Fortunately for this team, that one time was with Eli Manning under center and Tom Coughlin on the sideline. So, they have that going for them.