NFL announces season opener!/AdamSchefter/status/184731676621017088

3,892 Hours til we get this party started!!!! #Giants vs #Cowboys

— pat hanlon (@giantspathanlon) March 27, 2012

Why Cowboys-Giants? NBC says their Jan. 1 game was its most-watched primetime game ever and most-watched on any network in 15 yrs.

— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) March 27, 2012

From ESPN:

The Super Bowl champion New York Giants will host the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on Sept. 5 to kick off the 2012 regular season, the NFL announced Tuesday.

The game will be played at 8:30 p.m. ET and televised by NBC.

The regular season has started on a Thursday since 2002, but the league moved this year’s opener up a day to avoid a conflict with President Barack Obama’s planned speech at the Democratic National Convention.

According to the league, it hasn’t played a game on a Wednesday since Sept. 22, 1948, when the Rams faced the Lions.

It is the ninth straight season in which the defending Super Bowl champion will host the NFL Kickoff game.

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